Lisa Werkmeister Rozas, PhD, LCSW

Assistant Professor of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, School of Social Work (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My research primarily focuses on issues of race, racism, discrimination, power, privilege, issues of identity, and their effects on individuals and society. Within this area I explore such things as health disparities and the social and environmental factors that contribute to them as well as cultural competence, what it entails and how it is established. I am also interested in how race and other social identities are operationalized and used in research studies. The second area investigates, evaluates, and engages in critical discourse on androgogical methods for teaching issues of diversity and social justice to social work students.

Currently I have a grant from the American Cancer Society where I am examining breast and cervical cancer screening behaviors of women from diverse racial backgrounds. My aim is to find similarities and differences in screening behaviors and determine what factors may contribute to better screening practices among the different groups. At InCHIP I would like to research how cultural competence can be used as a tool to help eliminate health disparities within an HIV/AIDS infected population. Past projects have included research on University-Community partnerships and intergroup relations.


Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine

Doctor of Philosophy Clinical Social Work, Smith College School for Social Work. Dissertation: The effect of Intergroup Dialogue on cross-racial friendships and cross-racial interaction in a learning environment

Master in Social Work, Smith College School for Social Work Thesis: The Bilingual/bicultural therapist: Clinical issues in conducting therapy in Spanish and in English

Master of Arts in English Literature, The Catholic University of America. Medieval Literature

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Magna cum laude, Dominican University

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressSchool of Social Work
1798 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117