Jamie Yoder is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Colorado State University. Learn more about why she came to CSU, and her research interests in youth at risk and juvenile justice.
1. What brought you to the School of Social Work at Colorado State University?
2. What are your interests, and how did you get into that topic?
I gained an interest in juvenile justice after I worked as a treatment provider, case manager, and therapist in both residential settings and foster care settings. Many of the youth, across the continuum of care and in varied systems, had similar risks related to trauma and family experiences. I also noticed, anecdotally, that the youth who committed sexual crimes had high rates of sexual trauma or had very little awareness or knowledge around healthy sexual expression.
I began to think of this problem through a prevention lens—if we can better understand the pathways to youth sexual and non-sexual violence, we can begin to target those problem areas much sooner in the developmental life course.
3. What’s your teaching philosophy?
My goal as an instructor is to foster an environment that engages students through activity and application. I work collaboratively with students to create learning opportunities by synthesizing, questioning, criticizing, analyzing, and applying skills. I try to nurture an inclusive learning atmosphere that incites critical conversations and uses activities or materials to challenge thinking and inspire new ideas.
4. What’s your favorite thing about campus so far?
The School of Social Work is part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.