- Ph.D. School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
December 2003 [Graduated with Honors]
- M.S.W. Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago
June 1988 [Graduated with Honors]
- B.A. Social Sciences – Third World Development
Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois
May 1984 [Graduated with Honors]
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Smith-McKeever, T. C., Falconnier, L., & Gao, W. (2011). African American and white mothers’ substance abuse, depression, and criminality as risk factors for child behavior problems. Families in Society, 92, 63-68.
Falconnier, L. (2010). Social class and work functioning in treatment for depression. Psychiatric Services, 61, 718-721.
Leathers, S., Falconnier, L., & Spielfogel, J. (2010). Predicting family reunification, adoption, and subsidized guardianship among adolescents in foster care. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 80, 422-431.
Falconnier, L., Tomasello, N. M., Wells, S., Doucek, H. J., Luckey, H., & Agathen, J. (2010). Indicators of quality in kinship foster care. Families in Society, 91, 415-420.
Falconnier, L. (2009). Socioeconomic status in the treatment of depression. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 79, 148-158.
Falconnier, L., & Elkin, I. (2008). Addressing economic stress in the treatment of depression. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 78, 37-46.
Daro, D., McCurdy, K., Falconnier, L., Winje, C., Anisfeld, E., Katzev, A., Keim, A., LeCroy, C. W., McGuigan, W., Nelson, C. (2007). The role of community in facilitating service utilization. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 34, 181-204.
Elkin, I., Falconnier, L., & Martinovich, Z. (2007). Misrepresentation in Wampold and Bolt’s critique of Elkin, Falconnier, Martinovich, and Mahoney’s study of therapist effects. Psychotherapy Research, 17, 253-256.
Elkin, I., Falconnier, L., Martinovich, Z., & Mahoney, C. (2006). Therapist effects in the NIMH Treatment of Depression Collaborative Research Program. Psychotherapy Research, 16, 144-160.
Elkin, I., Falconnier, L., Martinovich, Z., & Mahoney, C. (2006). Rejoinder to commentaries by Stephen Soldz and Paul Crits-Christoph on therapist effects. Psychotherapy Research, 16, 182-183.
McCurdy, K., Daro, D., Anisfeld, A., Katzev, A., Keim, A., LeCroy, C., McAfee, C., Nelson, C., Falconnier, L., McGuigan, W., Park, J., Sandy, J., & Winje, C. (2006). Understanding maternal intentions to engage in home visiting programs. Children & Youth Services Review, 28, 1195-1212.
Daro, D., McCurdy, K., Falconnier, L., & Stojanovic, D. (2003). Sustaining new parents in home visitation services: key participant and program factors. Child Abuse & Neglect, 27, 1101-1125.
Hartnett, M. A., Falconnier, L., Leathers, S. J., & Testa, M. (1999). Placement Stability Study:
Final Report. Chicago, IL: Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
Testa, M. F., & Falconnier, L. (1998). Improving Data Collection on Adoption and
Relinquishment of Children in the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG). Chicago,
IL: School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago.
Leathers, S. J., Testa, M., & Falconnier, L. (1998). The Levels of Care Project: Final Report.
Chicago, IL: Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
Grants, Awards, Fellowships
2005-2006 UIC Campus Research Board Grant for Pilot Investigations, Title: Economic Stress & Dysfunctional Attitudes in the Treatment of Depression. ($13,000)
2000-2001 Dissertation Fellowship, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
1994-1997 National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Mental Health Services Research Training Program Fellow
PEER-REVIEWED PAPER PRESENTATIONS
Elkin, I., Falconnier, L., Martinovich, Z., & Mahoney, C. (2001, December). TherapistEffects in the NIMH Treatment of Depression Collaborative Research Program. Society for Psychotherapy Research Annual Meeting, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Falconnier, L. (2000, June). The Effect of Social Class in the Treatment of Depression. Society for Psychotherapy Research Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.
Daro, D., McCurdy, K., & Falconnier, L. (2002, March). Engagement and retention in voluntary support programs: New theory and empirical evidence for improving practice. Annual meeting of Prevent Child Abuse America, Dallas, Texas.
Daro, D. & Falconnier, L. (2002, October). Engagement and retention in voluntary support programs. Ounce of Prevention Fund’s First Years of Life Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago Assistant Professor (2002 – 2012)
Research projects at UIC have focused on examining the effectiveness of evidence-based treatments for depression across social class, as well as examining the potential mediators and moderators of the relationship between social class and treatment effectiveness. Current analyses seek to replicate initial social class findings in a study focused primarily on low-income women of color. These new analyses include an examination of the intersection of social class and race, which was not possible in earlier analyses, given the relative lack of participants of color in that trial. I am also currently examining social class in relation to depression and treatment experiences in a study using the National Survey of American Life database, which compares African American, Afro-Caribbean, and White adults in rates of mental disorders and service use. My study examines how social class, race, and gender are related to clients’ beliefs about what caused their depression, hopes for treatment, satisfaction with treatment, and completion of treatment.
Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago Research Associate/Project Director (2001 - 2002)
Directed a project entitled “The Engagement and Retention of Participants in Family Support Programs: A Multi-Level Approach.” This project examined the influence of parental attributes, provider attributes, and program characteristics on retention in family support programs.
School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago Research Assistant (2000 – 2001)
Assisted PI, Irene Elkin, in the preparation of an R01 grant application submitted to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), entitled "Responsiveness and Adherence in Treatment for Depression.”
Children and Family Research Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Research Associate (1999 – 2000)
Collaborated on three studies, each at a different phase of implementation, including the development of instruments to assess the quality of care in kinship foster care, an examination of factors predicting reunification of children in foster care, and an evaluation of outcomes of family support and family preservation programs.
Office of the Research Director of IDCFS Project Director (1997 – 1999)
In collaboration with the PI, Mark Testa, directed or assisted in the design and implementation of three studies, including a study designed to examine factors influencing the stability of substitute care placements of children in Illinois, a project designed to recommend specific questionnaire items related to adoption and foster care for the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), and a study evaluating the mental health, behavioral, and medical needs of children in specialized foster care in Illinois.
Occupational Therapy Department, University of Illinois at Chicago Research Assistant (1986 – 1988)
Worked on a study measuring the relationship between life satisfaction and functional performance in the elderly.
Human Needs and Global Resources Program, Wheaton College/World Relief Program Evaluator (1982 – 1984)
Designed and conducted a needs assessment and an evaluation of a rural development project in Burkina Faso (West Africa). Completed data analyses and compiled recommendations in a final report. Based on the results of the needs assessment, wrote a grant proposal which funded an agricultural development project which has become a model for such projects in several countries in West Africa.
2002 - 2006 Provided consultation to the Chapin Hall Center for Children regarding statistical analyses.
2004 - 2005 Served on a subcommittee of the African American Family Commission’s Reunification Committee, which identified research on reunification as an initial step toward the Commission’s goal of improving reunification services for families.
2004 - 2006 Provided consultation regarding evaluation of programs to the Women's Treatment Center, an organization that provides substance abuse and mental health services to women.
2007 - 2010 Reviewed manuscripts for the peer-reviewed journal, Psychotherapy Research.
2010 Dr. Falconnier reviewed abstracts for the 2010 Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference.
2010 - 2011 Provided training and consultation regarding logic models and evaluation of practice to New Moms, a social service agency that provides services to homeless teen mothers.
2010 - 2011 Provided consultation regarding evaluation of programs to Communities Committed to Healthy Families (CCHF), a children’s mental health collaboration in Humbolt Park that focuses heavily on parenting.
- Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). License #149-005352
- Peer reviewer for journals:
School Social Work Journal (2011)
Psychotherapy Research (2007-2010)