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Lisa Zerden

Senior Associate Dean for MSW Education
Social Work Director for Interprofessional Education and Practice
John A. Tate Early Career Scholar for Children in Need
Associate Professor

Lisa de Saxe Zerden, Ph.D.

Contact

Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building

Office 370-E

325 Pittsboro Street

Campus Box 3550

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

lzerden@email.unc.edu

O: 919-962-6430

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Lisa de Saxe Zerden is an associate professor and the Senior Associate Dean for MSW Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. She serves as the School’s Interprofessional Education (IPE) Director and was a founding member of the Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice at UNC-Chapel Hill. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Work from Boston University School of Social Work and her MSW from the University of California at Los Angeles. Zerden has been awarded more than $6 million in federal funding since joining the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill. Zerden is also a research fellow with the Health Workforce Research Center at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, where she has received several SAMHSA and HRSA funded grants to explore integrated team-based care and the role of social work as part of the health workforce.

Zerden’s research interests remain focused on the social drivers of health, including disparities that exacerbate drug use and behavioral health conditions. Her work explores inequitable access to treatment and prevention, the role of social workers in integrated health care settings, and IPE. Zerden is currently involved in several IPE efforts including an innovative project to integrate substance use content into the UNC Adams School of Dentistry. She has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts and a half-dozen book chapters, presenting her work nationally and internationally. She has won numerous teaching awards since joining UNC School of Social Work, including “most outstanding,” “most supportive,” and “most inspirational” faculty member. In 2017, she was awarded the John A. Tate Early Career Scholar for Children in Need professorship and, in 2018, CSWE awarded her the Recent Contributions to Social Work Education Award, a prestigious national award, at its annual conference. In 2020, Zerden was recognized for Excellence in School/University Service, a distinction given by the UNC School of Social Work faculty.

 

Degrees and Licenses

Ph.D., Boston University
MSW, University of California at Los Angeles
BA, George Washington University

Primary Program

MSW Education
UNC PrimeCare

Research and Professional Interests

Integrated Care
Social Work Workforce
Social Drivers of Health
Interprofessional Education and Practice
Substance Use Prevention and Treatment

Principal Investigator

PrimeCare
PrimeCare-OUD
i-STEP
PrimeCare4Youth

Recent Publications

Zerden, L. D., Lombardi, B. M., Richman, E. L., Fraher, E., & Shoenbill, K. (2021). Harnessing the electronic health record to advance integrated care: Lessons from social work. Families, Systems, & Health [ahead of print]. https://doi.org/10.1037/fsh0000584

Zerden, L. D., Lombardi, B. M., Guan*, T., & Wu, S. (2021). Social work workforce development and Medicaid expansion: Mapping areas of (mis)alignment. Social Work Research, 44(4), 285-291. https://doi.org/10.1093/swr/svaa015

Zerden, L. D., Cadet, T., Galambos, C. M., Jones, B. (2020). Social work’s commitment and leadership to address social determinants of health and integrate social care into health care. Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, 43(3), 309-323. https://doi.org/10.37808/jhhsa.43.3.5

Ross, A., & Zerden, L. D. (2020). Prevention, health promotion, and social work: Aligning health and human service systems with a workforce for health. American Journal of Public Health, 110 (S2), S186-190. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2020.305690

Zerden, L. D., Guan*, T., Lombardi, B. M., Sharma*, A., & Garcia-Rico*, Y. (2020). Psychosocial interventions in Office Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT): A systematic review. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 11(1), 103-131. https://doi.org/10.1086/708369

Zerden, L. D., Guan*, T., Lombardi, B. M., Sharma*, A., & Garcia-Rico*, Y. (2020). Psychosocial interventions in Office Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT): A systematic review. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 11(1), 103-131. doi: 10.1086/708369

Courses

SOWO836

SOWO530

SOWO500

SOWO505

SOWO510

SOWO570