Liliane Windsor

Liliane Windsor

Primary Affiliation : Co-Lead, Substance Use Disorders and Behavioral Health

School of Social Work | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Skill Highlights

Conducting Community Engaged Research

Community Organizing

Behavioral Intervention Scientist

Social Worker

Team Management

Featured Work


Awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health to optimize an adaptive intervention to increase adherence to CDC COVID-19 public health recommendations as a part of the RADxUP program.
Spent 1 year in Washington DC as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow with a placement in U.S. Senator's Dick Durbin's office (IL- Democratic Whip)
Developed Community Wise, an optimized group intervention to mobilize people with histories of substance use disorders and incarceration to engage in their communities and promote health equity
Founded the Newark Community Collaborative Board, a group of researchers, government employees, community members, service providers and stakeholders to conduct health equity research and impact policy in the City of Newark
Conducted an evaluation of the impact of the Rockefeller Drug Policy in the lives of marginalized Black communities struggling with addiction in New York City



Dr. Liliane Windsor’s research focuses on the application of critical consciousness theory to the development of multi-level interventions designed to increase health equity in the fields of substance use disorders treatment, HIV prevention, and criminal justice in marginalized communities. Dr. Windsor follows community-based participatory research (CBPR) principles and the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST). She utilizes a variety of scientific methodologies including ethnography, randomized experimental controlled trials, measurement development, meta-analysis, and online survey. She is the founder and chair of the Newark Community Collaborative Board (, a group of researchers, service providers, and consumers who developed Community Wise, a multi-level intervention designed to reduce substance misuse frequency and health risk behaviors. Dr. Windsor has overseen numerous research studies in the United States and in Brazil.

Dr. Windsor is currently the principal investigator of two large randomized controlled trials funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. One trial is optimizing a manualized multi-level intervention to reduce substance misuse frequency among formerly incarcerated men (1R01MD010629).  The other trial is optimizing a COVID-19 treatment and prevention cascade to increase adherence to public health recommendations (3R01MD010629-04S2). Dr. Windsor is a 2019-2020 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow with a placement in Senator Dick Durbin’s office.

Dr. Windsor was born and raised in Brazil. She moved to Texas in 2000.

The University of Texas, Austin, TX; Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work, 2008.

The University of Texas, Austin, TX; Master of Science in Social Work, Concentration, Clinical, 2002. 

Faculdade de Ciências Humanas-FUMEC, Brazil; Bachelor of Science in Education; Concentration:  Supervision and Vocational Orientation, 1998.


Community Wise Optimization Study

Alcohol and illicit drug use has significantly higher negative consequences for individuals residing in marginalized communities (e.g., higher incarceration and HIV/HCV infection rates). Thus developing effective interventions to combat substance use and its related health inequalities in these communities is critical. In previous work, Community Wise, a manualized, multi-level, community-based, intervention program to reduce substance use frequency among individuals with histories of incarceration and substance use disorders was developed and pilot tested. Recently, funding was obtained from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) to optimize Community Wise. Community Wise will be working closely with community partners to develop the most efficient and sustainable version of the program that can be delivered under $250 per person.

Campaign Against Racism

The Campaign Against Racism works to dismantle structural racism and its effects on health around the world by supporting local actions, efforts, and networks which aim to improve the health and lives of those most affected by racism, because racism kills. The Campaign Against Racism is organized to uncover the historical connections between racism and capitalism to radically imagine a future in which sociocultural, political, and economic systems work towards health equity, rather than against it. It employs tactics of formalized reflection on the role of racial capitalism in each chapter’s work and experience. Dr. Windsor is the Chair of the Newark, NJ Chapter. She partners with community members and community members to advocate for the rights and health of formerly incarcerated people with a history of substance use disorders.


Brief and Brilliant - Reinventing Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Marginalized Populations is a TedTalk Professor Windsor recently gave remotely.

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1998, Public Health Honor Society, Delta Omega, Lambda Chapter
2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Fellow