Nelson-Gardell, Debra, PhD

Associate Professor, Director of Ph.D Program, Coordinator of International Initiatives
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Contact Information Departments
  • Field Program
  • PhD Program
Areas of Interest and Expertise
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Family Services
  • Measurement
  • Practice Evaluation
  • Social Work Education
  • Women’s Issues

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


  • Yang, F., Maynard, Q. R., Young, S. R., Kenney, J., L., Barber, B., Boltz, L., Womack, B., Young, T. L., Nelson-Gardell, D., & Zhang, X. (2019).  Qualitative research skills acquisition within social work doctoral education using project-based learning.  Qualitative Social Work, DOI:   10.1177/1473325019881190
  • Alves, R., Nelson-Gardell, D., Tavares, M., & Young, T. (2019).  Developing a functional code system to analyze forensic interviews with suspected victims of child sexual abuse.  Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, DOI: 10.1007/s10560-019-00612-z
  • Young, T. L., Womack, B., Maynard, Q. R., Yang, F., Boltz, L., Brazeal, B., Young, S. R., Nelson-Gardell, D. (2019).  A qualitative data analysis: Family victim advocates in child advocacy centers.  Journal of Family Social Work.  DOI:  10.1080/10522158.2019.1616239
  • Shah, A., Jeffries, S., Cheatham, L., Hasenbein, W., Creel, M., & Nelson-Gardell, D. (2018).  Partnering with parents: Reviewing the evidence for Motivational Interviewing in Child Welfare.  Families in Society, 100, 52-67.  DOI: 10.1177/1044389418803455
  • Young, T., & Nelson-Gardell, D. (2018): A grounded theory study of collaboration in multidisciplinary teams, Journal of Public Child Welfare, 12(5), 576-595. DOI: 10.1080/15548732.2018.1436112
  • Yang, F., Nelson-Gardell, D., & Guo, Y. (2018).  The role of strains in negative emotions  bullying behaviors of school-aged children.  Children and Youth Services Review, 94, 29–297. DOI: 10.1016/childyouth.2018.10.016
  • Young, T., Williams, J., Nelson-Gardell, D., Edwards, S., & Thorington, V. (2016).  Assessing the Helpfulness of One Parenting Assistance Helpline.  Journal of Child and Family Studies,  DOI 10.1007/s10826-016-0387-8

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