Jeanne M. Giovannoni

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Jeanne M. Giovannoni (1931-2009) was an author, professor, and associate vice chancellor at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Social Welfare. Her research focused on child abuse and how community members, social workers, and law enforcement respond.[1]


Giovannoni was born in San Francisco on October 31, 1931. Her undergraduate education was at UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare, earning a bachelor's of social work in 1953 and her Master of Social Work at the same school in 1955. Her doctorate was in 1966 from Brandeis University.[1]

Before starting to teach at UCLA in 1969, she taught for three years at the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare. She retired from UCLA in 1993.[1]

She died at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica on December 17, 2009, of lung cancer.[1]



  • Defining Child Abuse (1979) co-written with UCLA colleague Rosina M. Becerra.[1]
  • Children of the Storm: Black Children and American Child Welfare (1972)[2]
  • Child Abuse and Neglect: An Examination from the Perspective of Child Development Knowledge (1978)



  1. ^ a b c d e Woo, Elaine (December 26, 2009). "Jeanne Giovannoni dies at 78; UCLA professor helped expand understanding of child abuse". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 30 November 2022.
  2. ^ Butler, Elizabeth (1973). "Children of the Storm: Black Children and American Child Welfare. Andrew Billingsley , Jeanne M. Giovannoni". Social Service Review. 47 (2): 294–295. doi:10.1086/642988. Retrieved 30 November 2022.