Jill Levenson, PhD

Jill Levenson, PhD



Ph.D., Social Welfare, Florida International University, 2003
MSW, Clinical Social Work, University of Maryland, 1987
BA, Sociology, University of Pittsburgh, 1985

Areas of Interest

Impact and effectiveness of social policies and therapeutic interventions designed to reduce sexual violenceand the prevalence and impact of adverse childhood experiences and their influence on adult health, mental health, and criminal outcomes.


Dr. Jill Levenson, PhD, LCSW, Professor of Social Work, is a SAMHSA-trained internationally recognized expert in trauma-informed care. She has published over 100 articles about policies and clinical interventions designed to prevent sexual abuse, including projects funded by the National Institutes of Justice and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Her groundbreaking research on the link between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and sexually abusive behavior has paved the way for innovations in treatment programs that now utilize a trauma-informed approach. She has also been a practicing clinical social worker for nearly 30 years, using a scientist-practitioner model to inform her research and her work with survivors, offenders, and families impacted by sexual abuse.

In 2017 Jill Levenson was the recipient of Barry's Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award!

Dr. Levenson has been invited to present as a keynote speaker about trauma-informed care in clinical, correctional, and forensic settings in Wisconsin, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Oregon, Michigan, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maryland, Colorado, New York, Minnesota, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. She has co-authored four books about the treatment of sexual abuse, including the recently released book: Trauma Informed Care: Transforming treatment for people who have sexually abused, co-authored with Gwenda Willis and David Prescott, and published by Safer Society Press. https://www.safersociety.org/press/store/trauma-informed-care/

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