Debra Urken, MSW
Debra Urken, MSW
Debby Urken, MSW, is an Evaluation Associate with LeCroy & Milligan Associates. Ms. Urken brings years of clinical experience with diverse populations, skills in quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and expertise in conducting literature reviews to her current work as an evaluator. She has conducted research and evaluation in a number of areas including children’s behavioral health, adult behavioral health and developmental disabilities.
Ms. Urken currently leads the evaluation of a statewide substance abuse treatment program funded by the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) and an effort to enhance and strengthen DCS’ substance abuse treatment model. She also leads an Office of Adolescent Health demonstration project of a sexual risk reduction program for male adolescents and is developing a comprehensive assessment tool for older adults.
Prior to joining LeCroy & Milligan Associates, Ms. Urken worked as a case manager for United Healthcare’s Arizona Long-Term Care System (ALTCS) program, serving low-income children and adults with physical disabilities and mental illness and older adults. She helped her clients meet their basic needs for medical care, behavioral health care, housing and food assistance. Ms. Urken designed and administered an international randomized controlled trial of a self-compassion writing intervention for adults with mental illness. She also helped design and pilot test an expressive arts grief support group curriculum for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prior to her work as a social worker, Ms. Urken worked as a research assistant for the Associated Press Managing Editors in New York, and assisted with neuroscience research on the primate visual cortex at Cornell University and the Salk Institute.
When not at work, Ms. Urken enjoys painting, drawing, dancing, writing, and hiking. She also collaborates with several community arts organizations to help enhance people’s lives through the arts.