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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Nancy Lucero

Research Associate Professor
PhD, University of Denver


  • Trauma-informed practice models for Indian child welfare
  • Cultural transmission and cultural preservation in tribal child welfare practice
  • American Indian cultural identity and cultural connectedness
  • American Indian relocation and urbanization
  • Culturally-congruent research with urban-based and tribal Native populations
  • Qualitative methodologies


Research Associate Professor Nancy Lucero also serves as Director of Evaluation for the Capacity Building Center for Tribes, a Children’s Bureau project administered by the Butler Institute for Families. Lucero has experience designing and implementing practice models in tribal and urban Indian child welfare services. She is currently principal investigator for a Children’s Bureau project evaluating the Denver Indian Family Resource Center’s trauma-informed and culturally responsive Urban Indian Child Welfare practice model. Lucero’s most recent scholarship is focused on articulating how Native child welfare workers incorporate cultural practices and cultural preservation efforts into child welfare services.

Lucero is also interested in increasing understanding of American Indian relocation and urbanization experiences. Studies in this aspect of her research have examined the effects of multigenerational urban residence on the development and negotiation of Native cultural identity and cultural connectedness, and means used by negotiate dominant culture service-delivery systems.

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