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211 S. Cooper Street, Arlington, TX 76019

Reforming the Criminal Justice System to Improve the Human Condition and Strengthen Urban Communities.

Mass incarceration in the Unites States exacts enormous human and economic tolls, particularly in disadvantaged urban communities.  My long-term goal is to contribute to the grand challenge of smart decarceration through my research, teaching, and service. 

I have a varied scientific background having conducted neurological clinical trial research and ethnographic research concerning health, mental health, and well-being. I completed my doctoral training at the University of Michigan’s joint social science and social work program specializing in medical anthropology and clinical social work. My commitment to multidisciplinarity, social critique and social justice, and the interconnectedness of individual well-being and experience with policies, practices and institutions has steered my research trajectory. My dissertation research was a critical qualitative study of the Toronto mental health court. From this work, 3 streams of research emerged: reducing incarceration through innovation; promoting public safety in a more socially just way, and; ameliorating disparities in the criminal justice system. 

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ph.D.
Social Work and Anthropology
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Master of Social Work
Clinical
Mental Health
September 2013
Ongoing
Assistant Professor
School of Social Work , University of Texas Arlington
August 2013
Ongoing
Membership
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
April 2013
Ongoing
Membership
National Organization of Forensic Social Work, NOFSW
January 2012
Ongoing
Membership
American Anthropological Association
January 2011
Ongoing
Membership
Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)
September 2013
December 2014
Member
National Association of Social Workers, Texas Chapter
July 2015
A System for Neuro-Feedback Anger Management to Prevent Domestic Violence
June 2014
Second Chance Texas Substance Use Intervention for Juvenile Court and School Referred Adolescents
April 2016

A team of researchers at UT-Arlington is working to develop new technology that can tell a person he or she is getting angry before they realize it. If they're successful, they say this could be a game changer for domestic violence prevention – a topic in which Dr. Anne Nordberg has a keen interest.

April 2016

A team of researchers at UT-Arlington is working to develop new technology that can tell a person they're getting angry before they realize it.

April 2016
February 2016

The School of Social Work has partnered with College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Engineering and Department of Psychology for a pilot study using electroencephalogram, also known as neurofeedback, to identify brain signals related to emotions. The pilot research project will explore the electrocortical, electrical activity in the cerebral cortex, and cardiovascular activities during anger and happiness stimuli in a sample of 40 male student volunteers..... The study is preliminary, said Anne Nordberg, assistant professor at School of Social Work and research associate for the Center of African American Studies.“We hope that this will lay the groundwork for followup studies in pursuit of a way to detect and alert people that they are about to become very angry,” Nordberg said. “An early warning system that could be transmitted to a portable or wearable device like a smart phone or like a Fitbit-like device.”

People in contact with the criminal justice system

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.

Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research

Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), Ethnography, Qualitative and Quantitative Content Analysis

Race Relations

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.

Social Justice

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.

2016
Frank, L, Praetorius, R.T., & Nordberg, A. (2016). Environmental influences on services for and mental health of incarcerated populations: a review. Journal of Social Work, 0 (0), 1-20. DOI: 10.1177/1468017316651999
Journal Article
Published
2015
Nordberg, A. (2015) Therapeutic governmentality and biopower in a Canadian mental health court, BioSocieties, doi:10.1057/biosoc.2015.36
Journal Article
Published
2015
Gallagher, J.R. & Nordberg, A. (2015). Comparing and contrasting White and African American participants' lived experiences in drug court. Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 14 (2), 100-119. doi: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15377938.2015.1117999
Journal Article
Published
2015
Gallagher, J.R., Nordberg, A., Deranek, M.S., Ivory, E., Carlton, J., & Miller, J. W. (2015) Predicting termination from drug court and comparing recidivism patterns: Treating substance use disorders in criminal justice settings. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly. DOI: 10.1080/07347324.2015.982451
Journal Article
Published
2015
Gallagher, J.R., Nordberg, A., & Kennard, T. (2015) A qualitative study assessing the effectiveness of the key components of drug court. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly. DOI: 10.1080/07347324.2015.982453
Journal Article
Published
2015
Nordberg, A., Crawford, M.R., Praetorius, R.T., & Hatcher, S. S. (2015) Exploring Minority Youths’ Police Encounters: A Qualitative Interpretive Meta-Synthesis. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, 33(2), 137-149. DOI: 10.1007/s10560-015-0415-3
Journal Article
Published
2014
Nordberg, A., Delva, J., & Horner, P. (2014). “Adolescent pregnancy in Canada: Multicultural considerations, regional differences, and the legacy of liberalization”, Cherry, A. & Dillon, M. (Eds.) International handbook of adolescent pregnancy: Medical, psychosocial, and public health responses, New York, NY: Springer, pp. 205-223.
Book Chapter
Published
2014
Nordberg, A. (2014) Liminality and Mental Health Court Diversion: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Offender Experiences, British Journal of Social Work. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcu104
Journal Article
Published
November 2016
The Impact of Police Misconduct Among Black College Students: A Phenomenological Study

Nordberg, A. The Impact of Police Misconduct Among Black College Students: A Phenomenological Study. American Anthropological Association, Minneapolis, MN, November, 2016.   

Reviewed
October 2016
Women's Experiences in Drug Court: Informing Practice Through a Gendered Lens

Gallagher, J.R., Nordberg, A. Women's Experiences in Drug Court: Informing Practice Through a Gendered Lens. Council on Social Work Education APM, Atlanta, GA, October, 2016.

Reviewed
October 2016
Stronger Advocacy Coalitions: Lessons for Structure and Effectiveness From an IPV Coalition

McCoy, M., Nordberg, A., Hoefer, R. Stronger Advocacy Coalitions: Lessons for Structure and Effectiveness From an IPV Coalition. Council on Social Work Education APM, Atlanta, GA, October, 2016. 

Reviewed
October 2016
Veterans Treatment Court: Exploring Graduates' Views of What Worked

Gallagher, J.R., Nordberg, A., & Gallagher, J.M. Veterans Treatment Court: Exploring Graduates' Views of What Worked. Council on Social Work Education APM, Atlanta, GA, October, 2016. 

Reviewed
June 2016
Racial Disparities in Drug Court Outcome Lessons Learned from the Contrasting Experiences of African American and White Participants in One Midwestern Drug

Gallagher, J.R. & Nordberg, A. NADCP (National Association of Drug Court Professionals) 22nd Annual Training Conference, Anaheim, CA, June, 2016. 

Reviewed
June 2016
The Black Voice Matters: A Phenomenological Study of the Impact of Police Violence Among Black College Students

Nordberg, A., Stevens, M., & Hatcher, S.S. NOFSW (National Organization of Forensic Social Work) Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA, June, 2016.

Reviewed
June 2016
The impact of death row exoneration testimonial among social work students

Nordberg, A., Praetorius, R.T., McCoy, M. K., Mitschke, D.B., & Henderson, J.  The impact of death row exoneration testimonial among social work students. National Organization of Forensic Social Work Conference, New Orleans, LA, June 2016.

Reviewed
Access to Piped Water and Childhood Stunting in India: A Social Justice Perspective

Parekh, R., Nordberg, A., Pillai, V. American Public Health Association, November 15-19, New Orleans, LA, November, 2014.

Reviewed
Evaluation of the Second Chance Community-Based Adolescent Substance Use Intervention

Nagoshi, C.T. & Nordberg, A. Research Society on Alcoholism, San Antonio, Texas, June 2015

Reviewed
Incarcerated Women in the Community: What is the Impact on Suicidal Ideation?

Praetorius, R.T., Frank, L, & Nordberg, A. 28th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, Montreal, QC, Canada, June, 2015

Reviewed
How the Familiarity of Multiculturalism Enables and Obscures Racial Disparity in a Canadian Mental Health Court

Nordberg, AAmerican Anthropological Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO, November, 2015. 

Reviewed
Exploring Minority Youths' Police Encounters: A Qualitative Interpretive Meta-Synthesis

Nordberg, A., Crawford, M.R., Praetorius, R.T., & Hatcher, S. S. Society for Social Work Research Conference, Washington, DC, January 2016. 

Reviewed
Comparing and Contrasting White and African American Participants' Lived Experiences in Drug Court

Gallagher, J.R. & Nordberg, A. Society for Social Work Research Conference, Washington, DC, January 2016. 

Reviewed
August 2016
Ongoing
Bikers Against Child Abuse: A mixed-methods evaluation of bikers empowering abused children
Co-PI
Dr. Scott Ryan

Bikers Against Child Abuse - Texas, in collaboration with Drs. Scott Ryan, Anne Nordberg, and Michael Killian, is requesting Innovative Community Academic Partnership funds to research an innovative and novel program that tries to provide safety and empowerment to children following several cases of maltreatment and sexual abuse. The current study aims to use a mixed-methods design combining quantitative intervention research and qualitative interviews of children participating in the program. 

July 2015
Ongoing
A System for Neuro-Feedback Emotion Regulation
Co-PI
Chiao, J.-C.

A pilot project to test a neuro-feedback mechanism for emtion. 

January 2015
Ongoing
Black Voices Matter
Principal Investigator
Anne Bain

This project seeks to explore the impact of police violence in the lives of Black UTA students and DFW community members. 

June 2014
September 2015
Second Chance Texas Substance Use Intervention for Juvenile Court and School Referred Adolescents
Co-PI
Craig Nagoshi

The project is intended to provide empirical evidence for the effectiveness of Second Chance Texas, particularly for juvenile court-referred adolescents.

August 2016 -
Ongoing
Bikers Against Child Abuse: A mixed-methods evaluation of bikers empowering abused children
$52,500
July 2015 -
Ongoing
A System for Neuro-Feedback Anger Management to Prevent Domestic Violence
$20,000
January 2015 -
July 2016
Research Associate
$5,000
June 2014 -
August 2015
Second Chance Texas Substance Use Intervention for Juvenile Court and School Referred Adolescents
$79,896
May - 2014
National Institute of Justice

Amount: $40,000, not funded

Grant Proposal
May - 2014
National Institute of Justice

Amount: $249,000, not funded

Grant Proposal
Ongoing
Doctoral
Ongoing
Master's
Ongoing
Scott d Ryan
Ongoing
Dr. Michael Killian
Ongoing
John Gallagher
Ongoing
Peter Lehmann
Ongoing
J.-C. Chiao
Ongoing
Jodi m Tommerdahl
Ongoing
Shouyi Wang
Ongoing
Yuan b Peng
Ongoing
Schnavia S Hatcher
Ongoing
Regina Trudy Praetorius
Ongoing
Vijayan k Pillai
August 2015
Craig Nagoshi
Fall 2016
SOCW 4329 - Forensic Social Work
This course develops the understanding of the role of social workers with clients within the criminal justice system and the legal system. This course will focus on theory, intervention, and advocacy with diverse forensic populations including juveniles, adults, people accused of crimes, victims of crimes, and related systems. Forensic practice in family and social services, juvenile justice and criminal justice, child welfare, and mental health and substance abuse will be explored. This course assumes a justice oriented multisystems and interdisciplinary approach. 
Last Updated on August 20, 2016, 1:47 pm
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Fall 2016
SOCW 6329 - Forensic Social Work
This course develops the understanding of the role of social workers with clients within the criminal justice system and the legal system. This course will focus on theory, intervention, and advocacy with diverse forensic populations including juveniles, adults, people accused of crimes, victims of crimes, and related systems. Forensic practice in family and social services, juvenile justice and criminal justice, child welfare, and mental health and substance abuse will be explored. This course assumes a justice oriented multisystems and interdisciplinary approach. 
Last Updated on August 20, 2016, 1:47 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2016
SOCW 5317 - HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND DIVERSE POPULATIONS
Introduction to theoretical, practical, and  policy issues related to race, ethnicity, and  women. Historical, political, and  socioeconomic forces are  examined that maintain racist and  sexist values, attitudes, and  behaviors in society and  all levels  of organizational behavior. This course is part of the  Human Behavior and  the  Social  Environment curriculum sequence in the School  of Social  Work at the  University of Texas  at Arlington. Students are  introduced to the theoretical issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and  disability status. Course includes a study of historical, political, and  socioeconomic forces that maintain racist, sexist, heterosexist, and  ablest values, attitudes and  behaviors in our society and  profession. Concepts related to race and  ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and  disability status include but  are  not limited to sociopolitical processes (racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, oppression, prejudice, discrimination, class, etc.), interpersonal processes (identity, self concept/esteem, authenticity, mental health, and  basic behaviors), and  socio-cultural processes (cultural fusion, culture conflict, acculturation, and  assimilation). The implications of these sociopolitical, intrapersonal, and  socio- cultural processes for social  work  practice are  examined in terms of social  work  values, knowledge and  skills at the  micro, mezzo,  and  macro levels  of organizational behavior.
Last Updated on January 11, 2016, 11:04 pm
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Spring 2016
SOCW 6394 - APPLIED RESEARCH PRACTICUM
Students engage in an active program of applied research under the direct supervision of a faculty member. 
Last Updated on March 9, 2016, 3:43 pm
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Spring 2016
SOCW 6999 - DISSERTATION
Preparation and submission of a doctoral dissertation in an area in social work.
Last Updated on March 9, 2016, 3:49 pm
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Fall 2015
SOCW 3317 - HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND DIVERSE POPULATIONS
Introduction to theoretical, practical, and policy issues related to diverse populations. Historical, political, and socioeconomic forces are examined that maintain discriminatory and oppressive values, attitudes, and behaviors in society and in all levels of organizational behavior.
Last Updated on August 24, 2015, 12:18 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2015
SOCW 5317 - HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND DIVERSE POPULATIONS
Introduction to theoretical, practical, and policy issues related to diverse populations. Historical, political, and socioeconomic forces are examined that maintain discriminatory and oppressive values, attitudes, and behaviors in society and in all levels of organizational behavior.
Last Updated on August 24, 2015, 12:20 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2015
SOCW 6390 - TUTORIAL
Arrangements may be made for a directed and supervised tutorial in a select area of special interest to the student.
Last Updated on November 30, 2015, 5:39 pm
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Fall 2015
SOCW 6394 - Applied Research Practicum
Students engage in an active program of applied research under direct supervision of a faculty member.
Last Updated on November 30, 2015, 5:53 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2015
SOCW 3317 - HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND DIVERSE POPULATIONS
Introduction to theoretical, practical, and policy issues related to diverse populations. Historical, political, and socioeconomic forces are examined that maintain discriminatory and oppressive values, attitudes, and behaviors in society and in all levels of organizational behavior.
Last Updated on January 31, 2015, 6:38 am
No Documents Attached
Spring 2015
SOCW 5317 - HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND DIVERSE POPULATIONS
Introduction to theoretical, practical, and policy issues related to diverse populations. Historical, political, and socioeconomic forces are examined that maintain discriminatory and oppressive values, attitudes, and behaviors in society and in all levels of organizational behavior.
Last Updated on January 31, 2015, 6:41 am
No Documents Attached
Fall 2014
SOCW 3317 - Human Behavior and Diverse Populations
Introduction to theoretical, practical, and policy issues related to race, ethnicity, and women. Historical, political, and socioeconomic forces are examined that maintain racist and sexist values, attitudes, and behaviors in society and all levels of organizational behavior.
Last Updated on August 20, 2014, 3:26 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2014
SOCW 5317 - Human Behavior
Introduction to theoretical, practical, and policy issues related to race, ethnicity, and women. Historical, political, and socioeconomic forces are examined that maintain racist and sexist values, attitudes, and behaviors in society and all levels of organizational behavior.
Last Updated on August 18, 2014, 3:53 pm
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February2016
Ethnography

Doctoral class lecture, SOCW 6348

Guest Lecture
February2016
Phenomenology

Doctoral class lecture, SOCW 6348

Guest Lecture
February2016
Marcus Crawford
Co-Chair, Doctoral Dissertation Committee
January2016
Rosalind Evans
Chair, Doctoral Dissertation Committee
January2016
Dante Bryant
Member, Doctoral Dissertation Committee
January2016
Leona Peterson
Member, Doctoral Dissertation Committee
November2015
Smith, A. "Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions to Reduce Suicide Attempt and Completion among Female Service Members and Veterans: A Systematic Review"
Member of Master's Thesis Committee
October2015
The Black Voice Matters


 

CAAS Opening Night Panel Lecture
July2015
Andringa, L.M. “Urbanization versus sanitation: Exploring the effectiveness of social indicators on reducing the infant mortality rate in developing countries”
Member of Master's Thesis Committee
April2015
Abonza, K. "The prevalence rate of underage drinking among school-aged adolescents receiving social work intervention in a community mental health research setting"
Member of Master's Thesis Committee
April2015
"Injustice in Society"
Residence Hall Lecture
April2015
The audacity of injustice: Power and contemporary acts of violence
CAAS Power Hour Invited Lecture
March2015
Ethnography

Doctoral class lecture - SOCW 6348

Guest Lecture
March2015
Phenomenology

Doctoral class lecture - SOCW 6348

Guest Lecture
March2015
Erika Ruiz
Member, Doctoral Dissertation Committee
April2014
Shafi, M. "Bullying Exposure Prevalence Among School-Age Children and Adolescents Receiving Social Work Intervention in a Community Mental Health Research and Training Setting"
Member of Master's Thesis Committee
March 2015
Ongoing
Texas Hope Literacy Evaluator

Provided evaluation consultation and implementation for TXHL in-jail and re-entry programs.
 

Volunteered
September 2013
Ongoing
Community Agency Membership

Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP)

Volunteered
September 2014
September 2014
Organized Public Speaker

Invited a survivor of death row to speak publicly at UTA.

Volunteered
March 2016
Ongoing
Abstract Reviewer

Reviewed abstracts for the 2016 CSWE conference

Volunteered
March 2016
Ongoing
Reviewer

Journal of Offender Rehabilitation

Volunteered
January 2015
Ongoing
Reviewer

Journal of Forensic Social Work

Volunteered
September 2013
Ongoing
Guest Reviewer

Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly

Volunteered
March 2015
March 2015
Abstract Reviewer

Reviewed abstracts for the 2015 CSWE conference

Volunteered
March 2015 -
March 2015
ACES Judge

Judged oral presentations by graduate students.

Volunteered
September 2013 -
May 2014
In-Reach Mentor

Mentored an at-risk student

Volunteered
March 2016 -
Ongoing
ACES Judge

Judged poster presentations by graduate students

Volunteered
March 2015 -
Ongoing
Faculty Advisor

Students for a Democratic Society - UTA Chapter

Volunteered
January 2015 -
Ongoing
Research Associate

Center for African American Studies

Appointed
August - 2015
PhD Committee Member
Service to the School of Social Work: 2015/2016 Academic Year
August - 2015
Mental Health & Substance Use Committee Member
Service to the School of Social Work: 2015/2016 Academic Year
August - 2015
Periodic Review (Administrators) Committee Member
Service to the School of Social Work: 2015/2016 Academic Year
January - 2015
PhD Admissions Committee Member, Volunteer Member
Service to the School of Social Work: 2014/2015 Academic Year
September - 2014
Mental Health & Substance Use Committee Member
Service to the School of Social Work: 2014/2015 Academic Year
September - 2014
PhD Committee Member
Service to the School of Social Work: 2014/2015 Academic Year
January - 2014
PhD Admissions Committee, Volunteer Member
Service to the School of Social Work: 2013/2014 Academic Year