University of Denver
Nancy M. Lucero, PhD, is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW), a Senior Research Associate at GSSW’s Butler Institute for Families, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Dr. Lucero is currently the Principal Investigator for the Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for Tribes, a U.S. Children’s Bureau project that provides capacity building technical assistance to child welfare programs operated by American Indian and Alaska Native Nations. Dr. Lucero has experience designing and implementing practice models for tribal and urban Indian Child Welfare services, and recently completed an in-depth evaluation of the Denver (Colorado) Indian Family Resource Center’s trauma informed and culturally responsive Urban Indian Child Welfare service delivery model. Dr. 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. She is also interested in increasing understanding of the effects of multigenerational urban residence on the development and negotiation of Native cultural identity and cultural connectedness, and the means used by urban-based Native people to negotiate dominant culture service delivery systems.