What I do
It is a joy to teach future social workers and social work researchers as they embark on their journeys as agents of change and social justice. Working with MSW students by engaging them in hands-on experiences with practicing social work skills and in finding their own paths toward maintaining health and wellness is incredibly gratifying. Challenging PhD students to use both qualitative and quantitative research methods to answer their important questions about social problems and social injustice is wonderful.
My goal as a professor is to support all students in finding their unique paths in social work practice and/or research so they can be part of making the world a more just place.
health and wellness, mind-body social work practice, civic and community engagement, clinical social work, culturally responsive practice, research methods, school social work, social justice
Nicotera's research and scholarship focus on:
• promoting health and well-being across the life span
• mind-body practices to promote well-being and recovery from trauma
• civic engagement and mindfulness practices as pathways to well-being
• interventions to enhance civic leadership and positive youth development
• issues of unearned privilege and oppression in social work practice, education, and research
Nicotera is a community engaged scholar and collaborates with numerous community partners. She has expertise in conducting and publishing quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research.
In addition to her role as PI on research grants and related publications, she mentors and supervises MSW and PhD students in mixed methods and qualitative data collection, analysis, interpretation, peer-reviewed conference presentations and publications. She also supervises doctoral students in mixed methods dissertations and independent studies to support their preparation of mixed methods dissertation proposals.
- BA, Hartwick College
- MSW, University of Washington School of Social Work
- Ph.D., University of Washington School of Social Work
Licensure / Accreditations
- Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
- Children’s Mental Health Specialist
- Certified Koru Teacher (Mindful Stress Reduction)
- Children's Mental Health Certificate
- Child Development Associate
- Teacher's Certification
- Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
Areas of Research
- Civic engagement through the voices of Latino/a youth: Exploring definitions, supports, and barriers
- The Effects of Engaged Learning on Civic Development and Well being
- Fellows of the Society for Social Work and Research, Society for Social Work and Research
- Public Good Faculty of the Year (2010-2011), University of Denver Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning
- Honorary Faculty member of Phi Alpha Honor Society, Phi Alpha Honor Society