Social Work Department

Leanne Charlesworth


  • B.A., Cornell University
  • M.S.W., University at Albany
  • Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University


Leanne has been a full-time member of the social work department since 2003.  Prior to joining the Nazareth College faculty, Leanne worked as a social worker and research consultant in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  Leanne's scholarly interests include poverty, homelessness and self-care.  Leanne received her B.A. from Cornell University, MSW from University of Albany, and Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Leanne Charlesworth, Junior Rowe (Riverton social worker and school principal), Mark Primus

Professors Mark Primus and Leanne Charlesworth visited the University of the West Indies, Mona campus (UWI), located in Kingston, Jamaica to explore the development of a mutually beneficial relationship with the UWI department of social work. 


  • Research Counters Stereotypes: Dr. Charlesworth supervised two students' rigorous analysis of homelessness in the Rochester area.
  • Exposed: Hidden Victims of Homelessness: Dr. Charlesworth created a PhotoVoice project that supplied 13 homeless and formerly homeless volunteers with digital cameras and an opportunity to share their stories.