Cynthia Lietz
Senior Associate Dean & Professor
College Of Public Service and Community Solutions

Cynthia A. Lietz, Ph.D, LCSW is Senior Associate Dean, College of Public Service & Community Solutions and Professor, School of Social Work. Dr. Lietz conducts research that informs strengths-based practice with youth and their families. Specifically, she applies the construct of resilience to family systems examining the ways family units cope with and grow stronger despite trauma, loss, and other challenges. She is particularly interested in the translation of research to practice.  As a result, she developed Strengths-Based Supervision (SBS; Lietz, 2014), a model of clinical supervision that supports effective implementation of family-centered practice in child welfare settings. This model has been adopted by the public child welfare systems in Arizona, Texas, and Idaho, and infused into training material at several additional organizations including the Butler Institute in Colorado, and the Virginia and Arizona Chapters of the National Association of Social Workers. Cynthia is also known for her passion for student success, serving as PI for ASU’s Bridging Success program and chosen by the Associated Students of Arizona State University for the Centennial Professor Award in 2012 to honor her commitment to teaching and community-based research.

  • Strengths Based Social Work Practice with Families
  • Family Resilience
  • Strengths-Based Supervision