I am interested in people in contact with the criminal justice system. I ask questions related to the impact and effectiveness of interventions and policies in the lives of clients in therapeutic contexts related to the justice system. Also, I conduct critical and exprientially grounded research at the interface of criminal justice and vulnerable populations from the subaltern perspective. My research interests lie at the intersection of experiences of distress and healing/recovery and the critical analyses of contexts and interventions. For instance, I have explored the experiences of mentally disordered accused in a mental health court and the experiences of survivors of sexual assault in post-genocide Rwanda. I use qualitative and mixed methods approaches including, but not limited to, critical ethnography and interpretative phenomenological analysis, using open-ended interviews with clients to learn more about their experiences and perspectives. I am interested in international and comparative social work, having conducted research in the United States, Canada, and Rwanda. I intend for my research to be of interest to both micro and macro social work practitioners, offering a fresh reflection on power in practice and deeper insight into client experiences.
I am interested in the experiences of people in contact with the law in various ways. For instance, minority residents in police encounters, mentally ill people in specialty mental health courts, people with substance use problems in drug treatment courts, people transitioning from jail to the community, and programs that aim to prevent or minimize contact with the criminal justice system.
Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), Ethnography, Qualitative and Quantitative Content Analysis
Minority populations and especially Black Americans are over-represented in every facet of the criminal justice system. I write against the systems of structural racism, privilege, and power that enables and reproduces this disparity.
I have conducted social justice-related research in Rwanda, Canada, and the United States and I regularly teach classes focused on oppression and social justice issues.
Parekh, R., Nordberg, A., Pillai, V. (November 2014) Paper presented at American Public Health Association, November 15-19, New Orleans, LA.
Praetorius, R.T., Frank, L, & Nordberg, A. 28th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, Montreal, QC, Canada, June, 2015
Invited lecture for the CAAS (Center for African American Studies) Power Hour Lecture Series
This project is a long-term academic-community agency partnership that seeks to evaluate the services of Texas Hope Literacy for men and women in the Dallas County Jail.
This project seeks to explore the impact of events in Ferguson, MI and its aftermath in the lives of Black UTA students.
The project is intended to provide empirical evidence for the effectiveness of Second Chance Texas, particularly for juvenile court-referred adolescents.
Amount: $40,000, rejected
Amount: $300,000, rejected
Provided evaluation consultation and implementation for TXHL in-jail and re-entry programs.
Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP)
Invited a survivor of death row to speak publicly at UTA.
Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly
Judged oral presentations by graduate students.
Mentored an at-risk student
Students for a Democratic Society - UTA Chapter
Center for African American Studies
PhD Admissions Committee
Mental Health and Substance Use