Lisa Werkmeister Rozas, Ph.D.


Lisa Werkmeister Rozas is a first-generation Peruvian-American and Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.  She began her career as a clinical social worker at a community-based agency with Latin@ individuals and families.  After receiving her Ph.D. in social work, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry before joining the UConn in 2004.  Her research and teaching interests focus on the examination of coloniality, White Supremacy, implicit bias and their effects on intersectional identities and the importance of critical consciousness has on advocacy and allyship.  Her interests also include centering indigenous knowledge within higher education, the importance of a dialogic practice in teaching and the healing of the Pachamama. She is currently conducting research with an NGO in Peru to provide community-led training for organizations that foster homeless children. She also works with the Latin@ communities in CT to help create legislative agendas that address their specific needs and concerns. She is the co-author of the 3rd edition of Racism in the United States:  Implications for the Helping Professions (2021). 

Research Interests

Effects of Racism and Discrimination on Health/Mental Health
Intersectionality and Cultural Responsiveness
Implicit Bias
Inequities in Child Welfare
Cross-racial Dialogue

Curriculum Vitae

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Lisa Werkmeister Rozas, PhD
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