Nelson-Gardell, Debra, PhD

Debra Nelson-Gardell.Associate Professor and Coordinator of International Programs

Degrees:

  • BA, Clark University
  • MSW, Florida State University
  • PhD, Florida State University

Areas of Interest and Expertise: 

  • Child sexual abuse
  • Family social work
  • Practice evaluation
  • Measurement
  • Women’s issues
  • Social work education

Emaildnelsong@sw.ua.edu

Phone:  (205) 348-2990


Publications:

  • Williams, J., & Nelson-Gardell, D. (2014). Mentoring up-cycled: creating a community-based intervention for sexually abused adolescents. Journal of Children’s Services, 9 (3), 235-247. doi: 10.1108/JCS-09-2013-0034.
  • Williams, J., Nelson-Gardell, D., Faller, K.C., Tishelman, A., & Cordisco-Steel, L. (2014). Is there a place for extended assessments in addressing child sexual abuse allegations?  How sensitivity and specificity impact professional perspectives. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 23(2), 179-197. doi: 10.1080/10538712.2014.871380.
  • Williams, J., Nelson-Gardell, D., Faller, K.C., Cordisco-Steele, L., & Tishelman, A. (2013). Is there a place for extended assessments for evaluating concerns about child sexual abuse? Perceptions of 1,294 child maltreatment professionals. Journal of Forensic Social Work, 3, 88-105.
  • Williams, J., Nelson-Gardell, D., Faller, K., Cordisco-Steel, L., & Tishelman, A. (2013). Is there a place for extended assessments for evaluating concerns about child sexual abuse? Perceptions of 1,294 child maltreatment professionals. Journal of Forensic Social Work, 3, 88-105. doi: 10.1080/1936928X.2013.763504.
  • Williams, J., & Nelson-Gardell, D. (2012). Predicting resilience in sexually abuse adolescents. Child Abuse & Neglect, 36, 53-63.
  • Williams, J. ,& Nelson-Gardell, D. (2011). An examination of the contextual environment of families with sexually abused adolescents. Journal of Family Strengths,11, 6, http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/ifs/vol11/iss1/6
  • Faller, K., Grabarek, M., Nelson-Gardell, D., & Williams, J. (2011).  Techniques employed by forensic interviewers conducting extended assessments: Results from a multi-site study. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 20, 237-259.
  • Faller, K.C., Cordisco-Steele, L., & Nelson-Gardell, D. (2010). Allegations of sexual abuse of a child: What to do when a single forensic interview isn’t enough. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 19, 572-589.
  • Church, W.T., MacNeil, G., Martin, S.S., & Nelson-Gardell, D. (2009). What do you mean my child is in custody? A qualitative study of parental response to the detention of their child. Journal of Family Social Work, 12(1), 9-24.
  • Roff, L.L., Simon, C.E., Nelson-Gardell, D., & Pleasants, H.M. (2009). Spiritual support and African-American breast cancer survivors. Affilia 24(3), 285-299.
  • Nelson-Gardell, D. (2008). Treatment for sexually abused adolescents.  In C. Hilarski, J. Wodarski, & M. Feit (Eds.), Handbook of social work in child and adolescent sexual abuse (pp. 171-201).  New York, NY:  The Haworth Press.
  • Gabbard, W.J., Nelson-Gardell, D., Miller, K.M., & Chamiec-Case, R.  (2006). Spirituality and religiosity among homeless individuals: A preliminary investigation.  Aretê, 30(1), 150-162.