Jessica L. Liddell

Assistant Professor in Social Work, University of Montana

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Liddell's research focuses on reproductive justice topics among women in the United States. Her research interests include making health services more responsive to community needs and input, in addition to general interests in sexual and reproductive health, reproductive justice, and harm reduction service models. Liddell’s dissertation research explores reproductive justice topics among Native American tribes in the Southeastern region of the United States. Overarching themes in Liddell's writing include improving healthcare access for Native Americans, increasing the use of Reproductive Justice frameworks in Social Work practice and research, exploring relationships between healthcare providers and patients, and investigating the role of gender following disasters. Liddell is influenced by her interdisciplinary background and frequently seeks out projects where she works with a diverse range of collaborators. Liddell previously worked as an intern with USAID in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the Population Council in Mexico City, Mexico and for NOAIDS Task Force in New Orleans providing HIV-related services and assisting with their needle exchange program.



"Predictors of Individual Resilience Characteristics Among Individuals Ages 65 and Older in Post-Disaster Settings" (with Regardt J. Ferreira). Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness 13, no. 2 (April 2019): 256-264.

Explores the role of age in disaster recovery following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, particularly focusing on the impact on resilience, and gender differences.

"Where’s the Community Practice? Gaps in Community Practice Education in a Clinical-Community Social Work Program" (with Katherine Lass). Journal of Teaching in Social Work 39, no. 1 (2019): 42-59.

Explores the extent to which community practice material is meaningful incorporated into a Clinical-Community Social Work program.

"Reproductive Justice and the Social Work Profession: Common Grounds and Current Trends" Affilia (2018).

Investigates the role and prevalence of the Reproductive Justice framework in Social Work research and advocates for increased use of this framework in Social Work research and practice.

"Healthcare Barriers and Supports for American Indian Women with Cancer" (with Catherine E. Burnette, Soonhee Roh, and Yeon-Shim Lee). Social Work in Health Care 57, no. 8 (2018): 656-673.

Investigates factors that promote or undermine accessing healthcare services for Native American women with cancer.

"Dignity in Childbirth: US Women’s Perceptions of Respect and Autonomy in Hospital Births" (with Katherine M. Johnson), in Gender, Women’s Health Care Concerns and Other Social Factors in Health and Health Care, edited by Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld (Emerald Publishing Limited, 2018), 87-108.

Investigates the extent to which women in the United States feel both respected, and that they have autonomy, during their recent childbirth experiences.

"Culturally-Informed Interventions for Substance Abuse Among Indigenous Youth in the United States: A Review" (with Catherine E. Burnette). Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work 14, no. 5 (2017): 329-359.

Reviews the current state of literature regarding culturally-informed substance abuse interventions for Indigenous youth in the United States.