Lisa Lavelle, LCSW

Director of Training and Clinical Services

Lisa Lavelle, LCSWLisa Lavelle, LCSW, is the Director of Training and Clinical Services at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Ms. Lavelle earned a BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an LMSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, and a post-graduate certificate in family and couple therapy from Ackerman where she has been on the faculty since 2001.

Lisa has taught core curriculum courses at Ackerman including Foundations in Family Therapy, Live Clinical, and the Clinical Externship, in addition to various community trainings on microaggressions, engaging children in family therapy and working with mandated clients. Ms. Lavelle is also the former co-director of the Center for Families and Health where she collaborated with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem (formerly Harlem Hospital) to provide care to families using both the Multiple Family Discussion Group Model and in-home family therapy. Ms. Lavelle has published and presented nationally and internationally on working with families with chronic illness.

With over 20 years of experience in the field, Ms. Lavelle was the recipient of the Carl Kempner Award for her outstanding work in family systems and physical illness and the Maslow Teaching Fellowship. Her current clinical interests include working with families and couples of color, colorism and its relational impact, and inter-ethic couples and their families. Ms. Lavelle maintains a private practice in New York City specializing in family and couple therapy.


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