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Faculty of Community Services

Leslie Yaffa



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  • International social work
  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Diversity and multiculturalism


Leslie Yaffa has a bachelor of arts in Sociology from York University, a master of Social Work (MSW) from Wilfrid Laurier University and a doctor of education in Children, Youth and Human Services from Nova Southeastern University. Yaffa completed her doctoral work in the United States, where she taught and evaluated services provided to children and adolescents in Kingston, Jamaica.

She has spent 20 years in the field of human and social services and has held clinical social work positions in hospital, community and agency settings. She has worked with children, youth and adults in clinical, academic and community development settings. Currently, she works in private practice and is a full-time faculty member at the University of New England in Maine in the online MSW program. She continues also to teach face to face in the MSW program at the University of Toronto and in the Child and Youth Care program at Ryerson University.

Yaffa's research is devoted to an anti-oppressive framework and looks at program development in Jamaica.  

Selected Publications:

Deh Kids in Jamaica was published out of the University of Victoria

The Chronicles - A New Paradigm: An Integration of Online Social Work and International Travel was published in the Journal of Online Education ( JOE) out of New York University.

Yaffa, L. (accepted, expected 2016). Experiential service learning group video. In L. Hitchcock, M. Sage, & N.J. Smyth. Teaching Social Work with Digital Technology. Alexandra, VA: CSWE Press.

Position Currently Held:

Contract Lecturer

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