Liliane Windsor, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Associate Dean for Research, Associate Professor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Fellowship Profile

Fellowship Year: 2019-2020
Fellowship Placement: Sen Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Sponsoring Institution: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Social Work
Discipline / Profession: Social Worker


Liliane Cambraia Windsor, Ph.D., MSW is Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor of Social Work at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Windsor’s research focuses on the application of critical consciousness theory to the development of multi-level interventions designed to promote health equity in the fields of substance use disorders treatment, HIV prevention, and criminal justice in marginalized communities. Dr. Windsor follows community based participatory research (CBPR) principles and the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST). She utilizes a variety of scientific methodologies including ethnography, randomized experimental controlled trials, measurement development, meta-analysis, and online survey. She is the founder and chair of the Newark Community Collaborative Board (, a group of researchers, service providers, and consumers who developed Community Wise, a multilevel intervention designed to reduce substance misuse frequency and health risk behaviors. Dr. Windsor has overseen numerous research studies in the United States and in Brazil.
Dr. Windsor is currently the principal investigator of two large randomized controlled trials funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. One trial is optimizing a manualized multi-level intervention to reduce substance misuse frequency among formerly incarcerated men(1R01MD010629). The other trial is optimizing a COVID-19 treatment and prevention cascade to increase adherence to public health recommendations (3R01MD010629-04S2). Dr. Windsor is a 2019-2020 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow with a placement in Senator Dick Durbin’s office.
Born and raised in Brazil, Dr. Windsor received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from FCH-FUMEC, Brazil in 1998. She moved to Texas in 2000 to pursue her Master of Science and doctoral degrees in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin.