Dr. Clementine Laverman
Chairperson and Program Director of Social Work
- Office Location:
- O'Shea Hall, LL B-2
Since the fall of 1994, Clementine U.M. Laverman has been the program director of the Department of Social Work at Niagara University. She earned her Ph.D. ('86) and MSW in Social Work at Pittsburgh University ('83) and a diploma in Social Work at the Social Academy ('73) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her career as a social worker covers a wide variety of experiences, including administrative, research and direct social work practice.
Her social work practice career started in the Netherlands where she worked six years in the field of child welfare, two years in industry, directing an Employee Assistance Program, and one year for a city council.
In 1982, she moved to the United States to obtain her Ph.D. and to gain knowledge and work experience in the American social welfare arena. Since 1987, she has been teaching in BSW and MSW programs.
Dr. Laverman has taught a variety of social work courses. At Niagara University, she teaches research methods, history of social services, field seminar, drug and alcohol and other electives. She really enjoys working with students on research projects, thereby giving them opportunities to co-present at state and national conferences.
Dr. Laverman is very involved in the professional community. Since the start of her professional career in the U.S. (1987), she has, and is still serving on various state boards, community boards and university committees. Additionally, she provides in-service training and is a regular research consultant for local agencies. Her work in the community has been recognized over the years: In 1999, she received the Community Service Award from the New York State Social Work Education Association; in 2001, she received the Community Service Award from the Niagara University College of Arts and Sciences; in 2003, she received the Frances Engel Social Worker of the Year Award from the Western New York Chapter of National Association of Social Workers (NASW); and in 2003, Dr. Laverman received the Social Worker of the Year Award from the NYS Chapter of NASW.