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Lisa Richardson (SRV ’72)

Lisa Richardson, MSS, LICSW is the Director of MSW Field Education and Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, MN.   She teaches courses in human behavior, field education and clinical supervision, coordinates the field placements for over 200 MSW students annually, and provides training for field instructors.   She is a recognized leader of social work field education nationally, reviewing and authoring publications and presenting at national conferences.  Lisa serves on the Council on Field Education within the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Educational Policy, and is president and treasurer of the North American Network of Field Educators and Directors.  Within Minnesota, Lisa serves on the advisory committee for the Department of Health Medical Education and Research Costs program, which distributes nearly $60 million annually in support of medical education.

Lisa has a Masters in Social Service from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, and a Bachelors of Arts from Marlboro College in literature and music.

Lisa is a musician and dancer, currently participating in the vibrant old-time and traditional Irish music and dance communities in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.  She has chaired several events sponsored by the Center for Irish Music, including the Harvest Home Weekend and two Minnesota Irish Music Weekends.   From 2006 to 2010 Lisa played in the all-women old-time trio Lulu Gals, and she was the founding faculty advisor for the St. Catherine University Swing/Social Dance Club.  She currently sings with the St. Catherine Choral Society, an 85-member chorus performing classical and modern works for chorus and orchestra.

Read Lisa’s reflection on the influence of SRV here