Nancy Marie Lucero
Research Associate Professor, Senior Research Associate, Butler Institute for Families; Director of Tribal Initiatives
What I do
Today, healthy and culturally connected American Indian children represent a victory in Native peoples' long struggle to resist assimilation and cultural loss. Indian child welfare practice in urban and tribal communities ensures the well-being of children, families and tribes, and it is a powerful tool that supports cultural preservation and tribal sovereignty. I'm honored that, through social work research and practice, I've been able to join with so many others in collective efforts to strengthen and preserve Native cultures, communities and families.
tribal child welfare, qualitative research design and methods, clinical social work, culturally responsive practice, evidence-based practice/implementation science, indigenous and native peoples, mental and behavioral health, trauma
Research Associate Professor Nancy M. Lucero (Choctaw) also serves as Principal Investigator and co-Director for the Capacity Building Center for Tribes, a Children's Bureau project administered by the Butler Institute for Families. She has also served as the Director of Evaluation for the Center for Tribes. Lucero has experience with designing, implementing, and evaluating organizational change models in tribal and urban Indian child welfare services. She also acts as a lead for a tribal workforce excellence project through the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI).
Lucero's most recent scholarship focuses on assessing trauma experiences of Native caregivers with children involved in ICWA cases and on articulating how Native child welfare workers incorporate cultural practices and cultural preservation efforts into child welfare services. She is also author of a chapter on Native peoples in child welfare in the recently published volume, Introduction to Child Welfare: Building a Culturally Responsive, Multisystemic, Evidence-Based Approach.
- Ph.D., Social Work, University of Denver, 2009
- MSW, Social Work, University of Denver, 2000
- BS, Social Welfare, Metropolitan State College of Denver, 1995
Licensure / Accreditations
- Medicaid behavioral health provider certification
- Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
- Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)
- National Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for Tribes
- Indian Child Welfare Support
- Choctaw Family Violence Program Implementation Support & Evaluation Planning
- Denver Indian Family Resource Center ACYF Project
- An Intergenerational Examination of the Effects of Urbanization on American Indian Cultural Identity and Cultural Connections