About the Presenter, Dr. Joanne Cannavo


Dr. Joanne Cannavo has been a Clinical Social Worker serving Western New York in both clinical practice as well as in higher education at various colleges and universities for over twenty years. She has been a tenured Associate Professor for the Masters in Social Work program at a private college in Western New York for 12 years teaching the advanced clinical practice courses, psychopathology, as well as research methods and theory. Dr. Cannavo earned her PhD in Social Welfare from the University at Buffalo, SUNY. She earned her Masters in Social Science Administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She also earned her Bachelors in Psychology from Canisius College, Buffalo, NY.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R), Dr. Cannavo has worked with countless children, adolescents, adults, couples and families through her Clinical Social Work counseling practice of 20 years in the Western New York area. Her specialty in practice has been human attachment and family and couple relationships with a focus on 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.  She is certified in Family and Divorce Mediation through the Center for Resolution and Justice, Child and Family Services in Buffalo, NY. Prior to her private practice, her clinical practice training included Social Work specializing with children and adolescents in both a residential treatment facility and also a psychiatric hospital.

Dr. Cannavo has conducted research on Family Treatment Courts and International Adoption, where human attachment and relationships 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 reviewed journal articles. She has also been an article reviewer for the peer reviewed journal, Adoption Quarterly.

Dr. Cannavo is excited to be presenting therapeutic couples retreats. She began the Relationship Renewal Center of New York due to her belief in helping people better know themselves individually as well as a couple. She believes in therapeutic intervention, experiential learning, and teaching the foundation and various core concepts and methods of how to build and enhance the couple’s attachment and bond in their relationship. Dr. Cannavo’s therapeutic couples retreats are designed to contribute to the growth and development of the individual and couple towards moving forward down an emotionally healthy path and continuing to write their story.