Rapp McCall, Lisa

Photo of Dr. Lisa Rapp-McCallTitle: Professor

Department: MSW Program

Phone: 352-588-8545

Email: lisa.rapp-mccall@saintleo.edu


  • B.A. Psychology, LeMoyne College
  • M.S.W. University of Buffalo
  • Ph.D Social Work, University of Buffalo


Dr. Lisa Rapp-McCall received her MSW degree in Social Work from the University of Buffalo and worked as a Psychiatric Social Worker in the areas of Domestic Violence, Children and Adolescent inpatient units and outpatient clinics and in the Juvenile Justice system. She earned her Ph.D. in Social Welfare in 1999 at the University of Buffalo and taught at the University of Nevada Las Vegas for 5 years and the University of South Florida for 10 years.

Dr. Rapp-McCall was co-developer and Co-PI of the Prodigy Cultural Arts Prevention Program. She has conducted numerous program evaluations, focus groups, and written grants and reports for profit and not-for-profit agencies. Her research expertise includes juvenile violence, children and adolescents with mental illness, and prevention. She is Co-Director of the Applied Research Institute at Saint Leo University. She is a member of the Society of Social Work Research.

Community Affiliation:

  • Co-Chair of Saint Leo University Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • Pasco County Commission on Human Trafficking
  • National Association of Social Work
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • American Society of Criminology

Teaching & Professional Interests:
Dr. Rapp-McCall has taught at the Undergraduate, Graduate, and Doctoral levels. She has taught all Human Behavior, Research, and Practice courses in the Swk curriculum. She has developed and taught online courses since 2000, at three different universities.

Dr. Rapp-McCall has held administrative roles including: BSW Chair, MSW Director, Associate Director of the School of Social Work, Interim Director of the School of Social Work.

Dr. Rapp-McCall has redesigned school curriculum, policies, and standards for the Council of Social Work accreditation and successfully written self-studies.

She has developed policies and procedures for admissions, grievances, student affairs, and peer review processes. She has mentored faculty and provided classroom reviews.

She is a member of the Council of Social Work Education.

Honors & Awards:

  • 1999-2000 Outstanding Teaching Award - Greenspun College of Urban Affairs-UNLV
  • 2016- Distinguished Alumni- University of Buffalo, School of Social Work

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