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I am interested in vulnerable populations 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. 

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
Assist Professor
University of Texas Arlington
April 2014
Ongoing
Membership
National Orgamization of Forensic Social Work
September 2013
Ongoing
Member
National Association of Social Workers, Texas Chapter
August 2013
Ongoing
Membership
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
January 2011
Ongoing
Membership
Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)
Experiences of vulnerable populations 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 Methodologies

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

Theorical Lenses

Foucauldian Biopower, Critical Race Thoery

2015
Gallagher, J.R., Nordberg, A., Deranek, M.S., Ivory, E., Carlton, J., & Miller, J. W. 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. 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
2014
Nordberg, A. “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
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, Springer, pp. 205-223.
Book Chapter
Published
Access to Piped Water and Childhood Stunting in India: A Social Justice Perspective

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

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
Ethnography

 Guest lecture for the doctoral qualitative methods class, School of Social Work, UTA, March 2015

Invited
Phenomenology

 Guest lecture for the doctoral qualitative methods class, School of Social Work, UTA, March 2015

Invited
The audacity of injustice: Power and contemporary acts of violence

Invited Lecture for the CAAS (Center for African American Studies) Power Hour lecture series

Invited
June 2014
Ongoing
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.

January 2015 -
Ongoing
Faculty Fellow
$5,000
June 2014 -
Ongoing
Second Chance Texas Substance Use Intervention for Juvenile Court and School Referred Adolescents
$79,896
May - 2014
National Institute of Justice Grant Application

Amount: $40,000, rejected

Grants
May - 2014
National Institute of Justice Grant Application

Amount: $300,000, rejected

Grants
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
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
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
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
April2014
Mariam Shafi "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
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
September 2013
Ongoing
Guest peer reviewer

Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly

Volunteered
September 2013 -
May 2014
In-Reach Mentor

Mentored an at-risk student

Volunteered
January 2015 -
Ongoing
Faculty Associate

Center for African American Studies

Appointed
January - 2015
Committee Member

PhD Admissions Committee

Service to the School of Social Work: 2014/2015 Academic Year
September - 2014
Committee Member

Mental Health and Substance Use

Service to the School of Social Work: 2014/2015 Academic Year
September - 2014
Committee Member

PhD Committee

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