Lauren  Ricciardelli, Ph.D.

Lauren Ricciardelli, Ph.D.

University of West Florida

Assistant Professor

Expertise: Criminal JusticeDeath Penalty PolicyDisability Policy

Dr. Ricciardelli is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work. She has professional experience working with Department of Juvenile Justice-involved youth and their families; youth diagnosed with Serious Emotional Disturbance in the school setting; adults with Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities in the community setting; and experience in the renal dialysis setting. She is experienced in program evaluation and policy practice. Her primary research agenda focuses on criminal justice/ death penalty policy, disability policy, and their intersection. Dr. Ricciardelli has presented her research at various national conferences and has served as a guest speaker for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Degrees & Institutions:
Dr. Ricciardelli earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy, a Master of Social Work, and PhD in Social Work, all from the University of Georgia.

Books and Edited Volumes
Ricciardelli, L.A. (Ed.). (2020). Social work, criminal justice, and the death penalty. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Ginsberg, L.H., Larrison, C.R., Nackerud, L., Barner, J.R., & Ricciardelli, L.A. (2019). Social Work and science in the 21st Century. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Book Reviews
Gould, J.B. & Pagni Barak, M. (2020). A book review of capital defense: Inside the lives of America's death penalty lawyers. New York, NY: NYU Press. 1253.2020.1764994

Encyclopedia Entries
Ricciardelli, L.A. & Nackerud, L. (2014). Maine. In SAGE Encyclopedia of World Poverty: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Refereed Journal Articles
Ricciardelli, L.A., Quinn, A., & Nackerud, L. (2020). The criminalization of immigration and intellectual disability in the United States: A mixed methods approach to exploring forced exclusion. Critical Social Work, 21 (2), 19-40.
Ricciardelli, L.A., McGarity, S., & Nackerud, L. (2020). Social work education and the recognition of rights in the digital tech age: Implications for professional identity. Social Work Education, 1-15.
Ricciardelli, L.A., Quinn, A., & Nackerud, L. (2020). “Human Behavior and the Social Media Environment”: Exploring group differences in social media attitudes and knowledge. Social Work Education, 1-19.
Ricciardelli, L.A., Nackerud, L., Quinn, A., Sewell, M., & Casiano, B. (2020). Social media use, attitudes, and knowledge among social work students: Ethical implications for the social work profession. Social Sciences & Humanities Open 2(1), 1- 9. 2019. 100008
Ricciardelli, L.A., Nackerud, L., Cochrane, K., Sims, I., Crawford, L., & Taylor, D. (2019). A snapshot of immigration court at Stewart Detention Center: How social workers can advocate & advance social justice efforts in the United States. Critical Social Work, 20 (1), 46-65. windsor/index.php/csw/ issue/view/560
Ricciardelli, L.A. & Jaskyte, K. (2019). A value-critical policy analysis of Georgia’s beyond a reasonable doubt standard of proof of intellectual disability. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 30 (1), 56-64.
Ricciardelli, L.A. & Laws, C.B. (2019). Using social work values and ethics to enhance social inclusion in post-secondary education: A value-critical approach. Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, 16(1), 39-52. Secondary-Education-16-1-JSWVE-Spring-2019.pdf
Ricciardelli, L.A. (2019). The case of intellectual disability vs. the death penalty: A Foucauldian analysis of Georgia’s beyond a reasonable doubt standard of proof. Critical Disability Discourses, 9. php/cdd/article/view/39747/35998
Ricciardelli, L.A. & Ayres, K. (2016). The execution of Warren Lee Hill: The standard of proof of intellectual disability in Georgia. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 27(3) 158 –167.
Caplan, M. & Ricciardelli, L. A. (2016). Institutionalizing neoliberalism: 21st Century capitalism, market sprawl and implications for social policy. Poverty & Public Policy, 8(1), 20-38.

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