Research Staff

(From left-to-right) Dr. Patricia Campion, Dr. Lisa Rapp-McCall, & Dr. Cindy Lee

Dr. Patricia Campion completed her PhD in Sociology with a minor in Geography at Louisiana State University. Her dissertation analyzed the spatial distribution of local nongovernmental organizations in the state of San Luis PotosĂ­, Mexico. she then moved to California, where she worked in applied research for three years, first as a Research Ethnographer with the Applied Research Center (Bakersfield, CA), then as a founding partner of the consulting firm Pathways & Insights Associates. She completed contracts for local government agencies and nonprofit organizations in the California Central Valley, including a six-county planning project on obesity prevention, and evaluation services of county-sponsored social service programs for young children and their families, in two counties.

While an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Tennessee Technological University, she received a grant from the American Sociological Association’s Sydney S. Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy Community Action Research award, to conduct a needs assessment of Hispanic parents for the Monterey, TN Head Start. She also conducted strategic planning sessions for a local immigrant service association. Dr. Campion joined Saint Leo University in 2009. She is now Director of the Global Studies program and Associate Professor of Global Studies and Sociology and has been a member of the Saint Leo Institutional Review Board since 2010, including three years as Chair. She participated in the strategic planning of the Homeleness Coalition of Pasco County in 2009-2010, and joined the evaluation team of Sunrise of Pasco County in 2011. She has extensive experience using qualitative and quantitative research methods for applied research and evaluation, including survey design, focus group facilitation, interviewing, data management, analysis, and reporting. Her other research interests include the provision of social services in rural areas, rural development in Latin America, and the integration of new immigrants in America society. She is fluent in French, English, and Spanish.

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Dr. Cindy Lee is associate professor of social work and the graduate director of the Master of Social Work program. She has taught and designed online courses for approximately 8 years. She also has been on the university's online task force which was in charge of developing standards for online instruction.

Among her many administrative duties, she has served as Chair of the Bachelor of Social Work Program, Chair of the Academic Standard Committee, University Academic Excellence committee member, and Institutional Research Board committee member. She received her MSW degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her Ph.D. in marriage and family from Florida State University.

Dr. Lee is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of social work practice experience at the direct and administrative levels in the practice areas of individual, couples, and family therapy services. She has provided direct clinical services to military members and their families. She served as Family Support Project/Operation Coordinator to provide integrated services to address the medical, economic, mental health, and social needs of military members and their families. She has expertise in trauma, critical incident debriefing, and compassion fatigue.

Dr. Lee has worked as an employee assistance professional where she provided clinical therapy services for individuals, couples and families as well as conducted supervisory workshops with different business and community agency personnel.

Dr. Lee has been part of the program evaluation team for Sunrise of Pasco County for approximately 5 years. The Sunrise and Saint Leo team has received high praise from the Center for Disease Control regarding its innovative evaluative work on the prevention of intimate partner violence. She has presented at National and International conferences.

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Dr. Lisa Rapp-McCall received her MSW degree from the University of Buffalo and worked as a Psychiatric Social Worker in the areas of Domestic Violence, Children and Adolescent mental health and 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. She is currently a Professor at Saint Leo University.

Dr. Rapp-McCall conducted a large-scale assessment of the processes of the Child Welfare system in Las Vegas as well as a needs assessment for the Juvenile Justice system regarding the carrying of firearms by Juvenile Probation Officers. In addition, she has evaluated multiple components of the Prodigy program and assisted in its development. Dr. Rapp-McCall provided an evaluation of the Crossover Program in Pinellas County which was used for presentation to the Florida House of Representatives. She has conducted numerous program evaluations, focus groups, and written grants and reports for profit and not-for-profit agencies.

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