Deborah Lisansky Beck
BSW Program Chair and Assistant Professor Social Work Department | Psychology and Human Development Department
School of Social Work, Leadership, and Youth Advocacy
Office: ACW 305I
B.A. 1967, Smith College
M.S.W. 1970, Simmons College School of Social Work
A Wheelock faculty member since 1991, Deborah Lisansky Beck has taught primarily in the BSW program of the Social Work Department, with additional assignments in the departments of Human Development and Professional Studies. As a social work educator, she has taught a wide range of courses in the major; and she has also served as an academic advisor, agency field liaison, and now as Chair of the BSW Program. Her main area of expertise is in stress reduction, burnout prevention, and self care; and she has presented extensively on these topics at Wheelock and the larger community.
Prior to Wheelock, Beck had more than 20 years of professional experience in direct practice and teaching, working in fields such as child guidance, early intervention, health care, psychiatric services, and parent-child education.
Her community activities include terms of office at the Newton Art Center and the Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents and long-term service as a volunteer, committee participant, and board member at Rosie's Place.
Her publications include articles on counseling services for social work students, interviewing skills, and the role of educators in community service. Her most recent article is "Mindfulness: 10 Lessons in Self-Care for Social Workers."
Two of Beck's most cherished accomplishments as an educator are to have been the 1997 recipient of Wheelock's Cynthia Longfellow Award for teaching and the 2015 recipient of the National Association of Social Workers, MA Chapter award for Greatest Contribution to Social Work Education.