Full-Time Faculty - Jennifer S. Middleton
Dr. Jennifer S. Middleton, Assistant Professor
BSW Colorado State University (1997)
MSW University of Denver (1998)
PhD University of Denver (2011)
LCSW State of Colorado (since 2011)
Dr. Jennifer Middleton is an assistant professor of social work at the University of Maine. Dr. Middleton teaches graduate level research and integrative seminar courses, and serves as a faculty field liaison in the community. Her research interests include: forensic social work, the impact of childhood trauma on autobiographical memory, the impact of vicarious trauma on retention in child welfare, and the phenomenon of vicarious traumatization among forensic interviewers and other first responders. Prior to moving to Maine, Dr. Middleton worked as a Senior Research Associate at the Butler Institute for Families at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. Her ongoing research projects include: Examining the effects of a healthy adolescent revictimization prevention program on foster care girls; Addressing minority over-representation within the juvenile justice system; Testing a comprehensive organizational health assessment instrument as a strategy for improving the culture and climate of child welfare organizations; Examining the forensic interviewing professional’s role in determining the credibility of children as witnesses in court; Measuring the impact of vicarious trauma on forensic interviewing professionals.
Dr. Middleton has over 10 years of social work practice experience providing clinical social work services to children and families. Most recently, she worked as a forensic interviewing specialist for seven years, interviewing over 2500 children regarding allegations of sexual abuse and other forms of maltreatment in the state of Colorado. As a forensic interviewer and expert witness regarding child sexual abuse, Jennifer developed training protocols for law enforcement investigators, social services and other professionals regarding such topics as: minimal facts interviewing protocol, forensic interviewing skill development, and child sexual abuse investigations. As the founder and senior faculty consultant of True Voice Consulting, an evidence-based research and training institute in Colorado, Dr. Middleton provided case consultation, trial preparation, and support for county and district attorneys who question children on the stand. Prior to becoming a forensic interviewing specialist, Jennifer worked extensively in the field of child welfare as a child protection caseworker, team leader, and institutional investigator for the Department of Social Services. Early on in her social work career, Dr. Middleton also worked as a special education instructor of elementary school children, a residential counselor of adults with severe disabilities, a substance abuse counselor providing court-ordered treatment services to women, and a medical social worker in the ER. Dr. Middleton currently provides clinical supervision to lead caseworkers and forensic interviewers throughout the state of Colorado.