Joanne Cannavo


Dr. Joanne Cannavo is an Associate Professor for the Social Work and Sociology department.  In addition to her full-time teaching role with Daemen College since 2006, she also held the role of the Director of Field Education through 2015, planning and supervising the Social Work students’ field education experience.  She has served the BSW program for nearly a decade and taught the four Generalist Practice courses, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Research Methods, Child Welfare Policy and Service Delivery, and Marriage and Family Problems.  She has also taught Research and Statistics for the Doctoral Nurse Practitioner students in the Nursing program. She has secured grants while at the college that have enabled her to enhance her curriculum and the educational experience of her Social Work students.   She now solely teaches in the Masters in Social Work program at Daemen College teaching Psychopathology, Advanced Clinical Practice, Clinical Practice with Children, Crisis Management, Social Work Research, and Applied Research and Data Analysis for Social Work.

Dr. Cannavo has conducted extensive research on Family Treatment Courts and International Adoption, where parent-child relationship and attachment are a common thread in her research.  She has presented her research at conferences nationally and internationally as well as published scholarly work from book chapters to peer journal articles.   She is a trainer and consultant to the presiding judge and stakeholders of the Erie County Family Treatment Court in Buffalo, NY.   She is currently conducting her second evaluative research study of the Erie County Family Treatment Court as well as research on parent-child relationships of families involved with foster care and adoption.  

Originally from Western New York, Dr. Cannavo has been in private clinical counseling practice for almost 20 years in the Buffalo area serving children, adolescents, young adults, couples and families, where her specialty in practice has been attachment and relationships with a focus on human development across the lifespan. She has also conducted clinical and custodial evaluations for several years with Family Court as part of her private practice work.   Prior to her private practice, her clinical practice training included Social Work in the male and female adolescent Residential Treatment Facilities at Baker Victory Services, and Clinical Social Work at BryLin Hospital on the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit.

Dr. Cannavo earned her PhD in Social Welfare from the University at Buffalo, SUNY, where she also taught Advanced Clinical Practice, Family Systems Interventions, and Practice and Program Evaluation.  She earned her Masters in Social Science Administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, ranked in the top ten nationally for Schools of Social Work.  She also earned her Bachelors in Psychology from Canisius College, Buffalo, NY, where prior to her tenure at Daemen College, she taught Developmental Psychology, Child Development, Child, Family and Community, Research Methods, and Statistics as an adjunct faculty member.  

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