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USU Social Work Program: TCI's Faculty Affiliation

Dr. Jessica Lucero

Dr. Lucero is currently in her fifth year as an Assistant Professor of Social Work in the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology at Utah State University. Prior to joining the faculty at USU, she completed her doctoral studies at Wayne State University in Detroit. Before she attended graduate school, she did social work in domestic violence, crisis intervention, welfare-to-work, and community organizing. Broadly speaking, her work examines how neighborhood and school contexts influence the life chances of vulnerable children and families. She works on issues such as housing, violence, marriage and fertility, and education. Her research orientation is very interdisciplinary, and she is energized by exchanging ideas with other interdisciplinary scholars, practitioners, and students who are committed to social justice. As a trained social worker with a community practice emphasis, she is particularly interested in community research that has real-world recommendations for bringing social justice to marginalized communities. She is actively involved with USU’s service learning office and she enjoys teaching community practice with a community-engaged philosophy in which her students get out in their communities and do community-based research and intervention.

Dr. Terry Peak
Dr. Terry Peak is a full Professor of Social Work in the
Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology at Utah State University. She earned her PhD from the School of Social Welfare of the State University of New York at Albany in 1993. Her research focuses on aging, health care, health policy, and end of life issues. She is the Social Work Program Director and is committed to providing our students with the best learning opportunities available to them. She teaches policy and administration courses within our program, and is enthused about integrating community-identified issues into her course curriculum.

Dr. Jennifer Roark

jennifer.roark@usu.eduDr. Roark is currently in her third year as an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Utah State University. Dr. Roark received her MSW from Portland State University and her PhD in Sociology from the University of Colorado in 2013 where she specialized in policy and program evaluation and feminist criminology. Her work experience was primarily within the domestic violence field and in the addictions field (adults, women, and adolescents). She has more than a decade of data experience leading local and state agencies’ assessment and evaluation efforts. Additionally, she is a skilled policy analyst. She teaches research methods, policy, and generalist practice courses at USU. She is committed to providing initially reluctant students with learning contexts that foster in-depth understanding and application of community-based engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation.

Dr. Vonda Jump Norman

vonda.jump@usu.eduDr.Jump Norman is in her first year as an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the Brigham City campus ofUtah State University.  Dr. Jump Norman received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 1991, working clinically with children with severe emotional disturbances, and her PhD from Utah State University in Family and Human Development, focusing on strengthening the early parent-child relationship in vulnerable families.  Dr. Jump Norman’s research interests include the intersection between mental and physical health, promoting positive relationships to increase resilience for families and children who have experienced trauma, and infant massage as a tool to facilitate the parent-infant relationship. Dr. Jump Norman has over 20 years of experience conducting research and evaluation with vulnerable families, children, and programs working to promote positive outcomes, both within the U.S. as well as internationally.