Lisa enjoys helping UWW students make their study plans and improve as writers.

lisa fontes, lecturer

Lisa Fontes joined the UMass Amherst University Without Walls faculty in the Fall of 2009, after 17 years teaching in other highly regarded colleges and universities. Lisa speaks Spanish and Portuguese, and has worked extensively in Latin America, including a semester as a Fulbright Scholar in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has also worked as a psychotherapist, and has trained school guidance counselors.

Lisa is a national and international leader in the field of child abuse. She is from New York City originally and has lived for more than twenty years in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts. She enjoys helping UWW students make their study plans and improve as writers.

educational background

  • B.A. Romance Languages & Literature, Cornell University
  • M.S. Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • M.A. Psychology, New York University
  • Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

teaching and research interests

Cultural issues in child abuse and violence against women, cultural competence in mental health and social services, qualitative research, immigrant families, and writing.