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Leslie Yaffa

Instructor, School of Child and Youth Care

Leslie Yaffa, BA in Sociology (York University), MSW (Wilfrid Laurier University), RSW, EdD in Children, Youth and Human Services (Nova Southeastern University) Dr. Yaffa completed her doctoral work in the USA where she taught and evaluated services provided to children and adolescents in Kingston, Jamaica. Leslie 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 CYC program at Ryerson University.

Leslie's research is devoted to an anti-oppressive framework and looks at program development in Jamaica.  Leslie is the founder of the Walk Good Foundation, which uses research to support program development and cost-effective services to children and adolescents in Jamaica and the Caribbean.  This summer she will be presenting her research: Deh Kidz in Jamaica: Evaluation of a Community Organization Serving Children and Adolescents at the 10th International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations in Belfast, Ireland.