Lisa Zakiya Newland, Ph.D.


Professor and Chairperson of the Social Work Department

Academic Interests

Non-Profit Organizational Development
Leadership Succession within professional social work organizations
Perceptions of mental health within Black communities
Activism within the social work profession
Advocacy on behalf of disenfranchised populations

Educational Background

Ph. D., Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University, 2007
M.S.W., Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University, 1992
B.S.W., School of Education and Urban Studies, Morgan State University, 1990

Teaching Philosophy

My practice experience was cultivated in the Harlem community, where I have practiced as a clinical social worker, community liaison and program administrator. My personal and professional experiences have resulted in an awareness of and appreciation for intervention strategies that seek to empower various populations at the personal and political levels of their lives. My philosophy of teaching builds on my experiences as a professional social worker. I believe in forging the connection between theory and practice based on students' life experiences and the experiences created in the learning environment. My approach to teaching acknowledges that theories and the value base of social work should guide students in their acquisition of knowledge professional skills.

As a social work educator, I fully support the concept of experiential learning and encourage my students to benefit from this aspect of my teaching. Experiential learning is manifested in a variety of ways in my courses. First, I utilize my social work practice experience to illustrate core concepts. The use of my practice experience exposes students to diversity, as my social work practice engaged individuals, groups, families, communities and organizations working in and on behalf of communities of color.  Secondly, the social work literature provides opportunities to present case studies for students to analyze and critically evaluate. This method of instruction places students in the role of a social worker. It creates opportunities for students to develop skills in assessment, intervention and evaluation. Case studies allow students to apply theories, values and skills to a situation that models the realities of social work practice.  Lastly, learning activities such as role plays, small group exercises and the use of instructional videos better acquaint students with the roles, functions and skills of professional social workers.

Courses Taught

SWK 350 - The Professional Encounter, Nassau County Department of Health and Human Services

SWK 451 - Generalist Practice III

COR 390 - Being Human


Workplace Communication. A training presentation and manual developed for New York State Employee Assistance Professionals. The training will be delivered at ten regional locations across New York State from October 2013 - March 2014.

Hurting and Healing: Reflections on Men and Emotional Pain. Featured Essay in Mentoring from the Inside Out (in press) Author: Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt

Social Work Activism: Examining Perceptions and Participation. Doctoral Dissertation, a survey of NASW NYC Chapter members to examine the relationship between multiple demographic variables, perception of role in working toward social and political change and social work activism.  Date of Completion May, 2007.

From Trauma to Triumph: An Empowerment-Based Approach to HIV Disclosure. A training presentation and protocol developed for the advocacy relations department of Abbott Laboratories, Inc., March, 2006.

Activists Wanted: Will Social Work Students Heed the Call, Currents of the New York City Chapter, NASW, April, 2003.

Letter to the Editor, Currents of the New York City Chapter, NASW, April, 2001


Leaving a Legacy: A Sustainable Model for Organizational Development within the Nassau/Suffolk Association of Black Social Workers. National Association of Black Social Workers Annual Conference, April, 2013.

Panelist - "Keeping it Together": A Post-Sandy Wellness Forum. Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Arverne, NY, April and May 2013

Panelist - A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Children's Mental Health: Impact on Families, Schools and Communities. Molloy College Division of Education Third Annual Early Childhood Conference, April, 2013           

Moderator - Research Findings Forum: Moynihan Revisited. Nassau Suffolk Association of Black Social Workers in partnership with Molloy College Department of Social Work, February, 2013

Disaster Mental Health in Communities of African Descent in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators Annual Conference, February, 2013

Don't Believe the Hype! - Fathers of the Hip Hop Generation Respond to Public Service Announcements NYS Social Work Education Association Annual Conference, October, 2010.

Holla Back! - Responding to Young Fathers of the Hip-Hop Generation National Association of Black Social Workers Annual Conference, April, 2010.

Service Learning as a Pathway to Social Justice (Experiential Workshop) NYS Social Work Education Association Annual Conference, October, 2009.

Community Social Work: Overcoming Resistance, Building Relationships and Promoting Resilience (Paper Presentation) NYS Social Work Education Association Annual Conference, October, 2008.

If Not You Then Who?...Developing the Activist Mindset of BSW Students, (Paper Presentation) Council of Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, October, 2007.

Social Workers and Activism: Examining Perceptions and Participation, (Doctoral Dissertation) Wurzweiler School of Social Work 50th Anniversary Conference, May, 2007.

Examining Social Work Education's Role on Perceptions and Participation in Activism, (Student Poster Presentation) Council of Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, February, 2006.

Current Organizational Affiliations

  • American Association of Christian Counselors
  • Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  •  Premiere International Who's Who Registry of Outstanding Professionals (2010-2011)
  • National Association of Professional Women - VIP Member (2010-2011)
  • National Association of Black Social Workers, Position Held: Nassau/Suffolk Chapter Vice President
  • New York State Social Work Education Association, Position Held: Vice President 

Professional Recognition

  • National Association of Professional Women - 2010 Executive and Professional Woman of the Year in the Field of Human Services

  • Premiere International - Who's Who Registry of Outstanding Professionals 2010-2011
  • Featured in Your Dreams can Come True: Stories of Hope and Resilience Published by the Fund for the City of New York (2010)