Lisa Young Larance

Assistant Professor of Social Work
Lisa Young Larance headshot


Phone 610-520-2635
Location Social Work 209


  • B.A., Smith College 
  • M.S.W., The Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, MO 
    • International Fulbright Funded Fieldwork: Bangladesh 
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, Joint Degree in Social Work & Sociology
    • Dissertation: Talking Back to the Web of Power: Women’s Legal, Child Protection, and Antiviolence Intervention Entanglement and Resistance ​​​ 

Areas of Focus

Antiviolence intervention, intimate partner violence, gender, sexuality, criminalization, race


Lisa Young Larance, PhD, MSW, LCSW, LMSW, has extensive direct practice experience serving the needs of people who have survived and caused harm in their relationships. A pioneer in the antiviolence intervention field, Dr. Young Larance continues to shape innovative community and prison-based services for diverse violence-involved women. Her scholarship explores topics at the intersection of intimate partner violence, gender, sexuality, criminalization, race, and intervention, while centering the experiences of legal and child protection systems-involved women who have both survived and caused harm in their intimate relationships. The goal of Dr. Young Larance’s work is to dismantle systems of oppression by partnering with individuals, organizations, and communities to advance the well-being of vulnerable people. Her work is published in a range of forums including Affilia: Feminist Inquiry in Social Work, BMJ Open, International Social Work, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Psychology of Violence, and Violence Against Women. Dr. Young Larance will join the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College August 2023.