Lauree Emery

Lauree Emery

Lecturer, Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development, and Lead Teacher for Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Psychodynamic track, Ethics

(313) 577-8806

Lauree Emery

Middle name



Lauree Emery received her M.S.W. from the Wayne State School of Social Work in 2002. She has held various positions at the school since 2005, including part-time faculty for graduate level courses in human behavior in the social environment, interim special assistant to the dean, and faculty liaison for the introduction of the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) competency-based curriculum.

Emery has her own private practice and has worked extensively with the Latino community specializing in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and music therapy. Her practice expands international borders: she has engaged in outreach to orphans in Mexican garbage dumps for the past 30 years as a vital aspect of her social work experience.

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As full-time faculty, Emery holds the positions of lecturer, director of continuing education and professional development, and lead teacher for human behavior in the social environment.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Espaol y Terapia de musica
  • M.S.W., Wayne State University
  • J.D., Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Doctorado de Derecho)
  • M.A., Middlebury College, Spanish Language
  • B.A., Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico/University of Detroit, Spanish and Classical Guitar
  • LMSW, Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Certification

Teaching Interests

  • Human behavior in the social environment, with special attention to issues of diversity and social justice
  • Diverse theoretical perspectives
  • Spanish

Areas of Expertise




  • Human behavior in the social environment
  • Psychoanalytic psychotherapy
  • Existential humanism
  • Music therapy, with special focus on cancer patients




  • Psychoanalytic psychotherapy
  • Music therapy

Office Location

5447 Woodward Avenue, Rm 269

Courses Taught

SW 7560 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I: Micro Theory

SW 7660 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II: Diversity in a Multicultural Society

SW 8360 Application of Psychodynamic Theories to Interpersonal Practice I

SW 8370 Application of Psychodynamic Theories to Interpersonal Practice II

SW 9210 Theories for Practice and Research with Individuals

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