Jill Levenson

B.A., M.S.W., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Human Services
Jill Levenson

Contact

Phone: 561-237-7925
Fax: 561-237-7400

Office Location

Assaf Academic Center

Professional Profile

Jill Levenson is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 20 years experience in the human service field. She began her career as a child protection social worker in Baltimore and has worked in a variety of social service agencies over the years. In addition to teaching at Lynn, she maintains a small psychotherapy practice.

Levenson is also a nationally recognized expert in sexual violence and is frequently quoted in the media. She has testified in front of the Florida, Kansas, Vermont and New Mexico Legislatures and has contributed to an Amicus Brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2002 case of CT v. Doe, which addressed the constitutionality of Megan's Law. Levenson is actively engaged in several research projects funded by the National Institute of Justice, and serves on the editorial board of “Sexual Abuse: Journal of Research and Treatment.”

Education

  • B.A., University of Pittsburgh
  • M.S.W., University of Maryland
  • Ph.D., Florida International University

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that my role as a Human Services professor is to help students recognize the inter-relationship between theory, practice, policy and research. As students develop practice skills and enhance their critical thinking abilities, they can thoughtfully evaluate social problems, implement appropriate assessment and intervention protocols, and understand the role that research plays in validating and promoting evidence based practice and the implementation of sound social policies. By providing an interactive and multi-sensory learning environment I inspire passion in my students as they enter the helping professions. My extensive clinical experience helps me to bring concepts alive in the classroom and I have been rewarded by students’ enthusiastic response. By helping students to recognize their strengths as well as areas for continued growth, I strive to model and encourage continued professional development.

Teaching Specialties

  • Psychology & Human Services courses with an emphasis on assessment, interviewing and case management
  • Masters in Psychology courses: Advanced Psychopathology; Internship seminars; Clinical supervision of student interns
  • Psychology / Sociology courses: Social problems, programs, and policies
  • Research methods

Areas of Scholarship and Professional Practice

Scholarship:

  • Sex crime policy analysis: The impact and effectiveness of sex offender registration, notification, residence restrictions, and civil commitment.
  • Sex offender treatment issues

Practice:

  • Psychotherapy with victims, survivors, and perpetrators of sexual assault and their families.
  • Individuals with sexual addiction or problematic sexual behaviors.

Curriculum Vitae

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