Dr. Lirio K. Negroni is a Puerto Rican social worker who moved to the United States in 1985 at the age of 29. She studied her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work at the Universidad de Puerto Rico, the Rio Piedras campus, and her doctorate in clinical social work at Boston College School of Social Work in Massachusetts. Since 2016 she works as an Associate Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University in the Department of Social Work. She is also a retired faculty from the University of Connecticut and a clinical social worker with 14 years of practice experience in the mental health field
Dr. Negroni’s research work and publications focused on Latinos/as. she writes and presents on child abuse prevention, mental health, culturally competent practice, the elderly, health and social supports, advising and mentoring, community-university partnerships, recruitment and retention of Latinos/as in social work and leadership development.
She has been an active community leader throughout her entire career, and a practice consultant for over 30 years, including three visits to Mexico where she trained faculty and presented to students. Dr. Negroni serves in the Editorial Board of the Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work and as a reviewer for several major professional journals in United States. She is a site visitor for the Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation in charge of evaluating social work programs. Her research work in the last two years has examined health, health care and the impact of natural disasters on the health and mental health of Latinos/as in Immokalee, Florida.