John M. Gallagher

John M. Gallagher

Assistant Professor, PhD, LMSW

JD/MSW Faculty Advisor

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences

(SCSW)-School of Social Work

Phone: 479-575-2368

Fax: 479-575-7510

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My primary research interest is veterans treatments courts. Current projects include correlates of program completion and recidivism in a large, urban veterans court, a three-year evaluation of an expansion project funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and participant perceptions of  procedural justice, legal legitimacy and their identities as veterans.

More broadly, I am interested in the intersection of social work and legal systems. Current and recent projects include a pilot study of the efficacy of a case management intervention for high-risk juvenile probationers during the transition to adulthood, examining correlates of program completion and recidivism among domestic violence offenders diverted to treatment, and the measurement of aggression among misdemeanor offenders.

I teach micro and macro social work practice in the BSW and MSW programs. Other teaching interests and experience include forensic social work, homelessness and service learning.

I have 19 years of professional experience in non-profit and government agencies, serving homeless individuals, persons living with HIV/AIDS, and individuals with behavioral health and substance use disorders.  Professional experiences include case management, outreach, advocacy, investigations, and substance abuse counseling.  

I serve my community in the following ways. I am Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Northwest Arkansas Continuum of Care which coordinates a community response to end homelessness in Northwest Arkansas.  I am a Research Advisory Board Member of the Northwest Arkansas Veterans Treatment Court Mentor Program which recruits, trains and supervises volunteer peer-mentors for three veterans court programs in the region.

Ph.D., Social Work, Arizona State University, 2016

M.S.W., Arizona State University, 2006

B.A., Anthropology, State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh, 1992