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Nancy M. Lucero, PhD, LCSW (Choctaw) is a Senior Research Associate with the Butler Institute for Families at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW). Dr. Lucero has extensive practice, program development and research/evaluation experience in community-based Indian Child Welfare programs, and has developed a model of family preservation services for urban American Indian families that is currently being evaluated to establish its evidence base. Dr. Lucero has also led efforts in the Denver area to institutionalize changes in public child welfare practice that have been shown to reduce the disproportionate representation of American Indian/Alaska Native children in Colorado’s child welfare system. In addition to her work at Butler Institute, Dr. Lucero is an adjunct faculty member at GSSW where she teaches courses in Native Studies, trauma treatment, and research methodology. She is currently involved in research projects examining the effects of urbanization on American Indian cultural identity and cultural connectedness, and identifying associations between particular caregiver trauma experiences and Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) case outcomes. Dr. Lucero’s most recent article, "Making Meaning of Urban American Indian Identity: A Multi-stage Process" was published in Social Work in October 2010, and she is awaiting release in Spring 2011 of the edited volume, Indigenous Urbanization in International Perspective, to which she contributed a chapter on American Indian urbanization.
Butler Institute for Families, University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work 2148 S. High St. Denver, CO 80208 email@example.com