Louisiana State University Appoints Two Women to Lead Academic Schools

Michelle Livermore was appointed director of the School of Social Work in the College of Human Sciences & Education at the university. Dr. Livermore is an associate professor and the Janet D. and Herman Moyse Ill Professor of Social Work at the university. Her research focuses on the intersection between social and economic activities and outcomes among low-resource populations, reflecting the social development approach to community development and social policy that motivates her work. Her most recent research examines internet technology as an opportunity and a barrier for these populations.

Dr. Livermore holds a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders, a master of social work degree, and a Ph.D. in sociology, all from Louisiana State University.

Laura Hensley Choate was named interim director of the School of Education in the College of Human Sciences & Education at the university. She has been serving as the acting associate dean for academic programs and services in the College of Human Sciences & Education. Dr. Choate, Jo Ellen Levy Yates Endowed Professor, has been with the counselor education program at university since 1999. She is the coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Her research interests include girls’ and women’s mental health, including depression and eating disorders. Her latest book is Depression in Girls and Women Across the Lifespan: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals (Routledge, 2020).

Professor Choate is a graduate of the University of Virginia. She holds a master’s degree in psychology from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, and a doctorate in counselor education from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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