Prof. Yvonne Cafik Harrison, PhD

School of Social Work, University at Buffalo


Yvonne Cafik Harrison is Assistant Clinical Professor in the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, New York. Professor Cafik Harrison has expertise in the nonprofit and voluntary sector, the governance and leadership of nonprofit organizations and the adoption and use of modern information and communications technology in volunteerism. Professor Cafik Harrison and co-investigator, Professor Vic Murray (University of Victoria) developed the Board Check-Up ( to fill a gap in board technical capacity to understand and resolve issues that challenge boards of directors in the governance process. This longitudinal research study also examines the impact of board performance self-assessment from output (changes in governance practices) and outcome (board performance) perspectives. Dr. Cafik Harrison is co-author of the 2014 book, Guidelines for Improving the Effectiveness of Nonprofit Boards of Directors as well as author of a number of peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, research reports, and other publications. Dr. Cafik Harrison has a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), Master of Public Administration and PhD in Public Administration from the University of Victoria, BC, Canada.