Nancy G. Calleja, Ph.D., LPC

Nancy G. Calleja (formerly Calley), Ph.D., LPC is Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling and Addiction Studies at the University of Detroit Mercy.  Dr. Calleja teaches consultation, introduction to addiction counseling, program development and evaluation in counseling, and assessment and treatment of mental health disorders. 

Dr. Calleja's work has focused on marginalized individuals in the juvenile justice, child welfare, and public mental health systems. She has worked as a clinician, clinical supervisor and administrator for more than two decades in the non-profit human services. Dr. Calleja has developed several comprehensive treatment programs for youth and adults involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, as well as for individuals with serious mental health and substance abuse issues. She specializes in the clinical treatment of juveniles with sexual behavior problems. To promote ongoing knowledge of juveniles with sexual behavior problems, Dr. Calleja hosts an educational website: Dr. Calleja consults nationally with governmental and non-profit organizations on business planning, program development and program evaluation. 

Dr. Calleja is currently working with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of Juvenile Justice, on organizational restructuring and realignment.  Dr. Calleja's second book, The Forward-Focused Model:  Developmentally-Informed Treatment for Adolescent Offenders was published in 2014 by Safer Society Press.  Dr. Calleja is currently at work on the Forward-Focused Model Facilitator's Manual and the Forward-Focused Youth Workbook, supplements to the book.  

In addition, Dr. Calleja is currently working to expand the professional counseling workforce specializing in the treatment of high- and at-risk adolescents and young adults.  She is the Project Director of the Working with At Risk Adolescents (WARY) Fellowship program, a three year federally-funded project provides advanced training and clinical practice preparation for Master's level counseling students wishing to pursue careers with adolescents with complex needs.  Finally, Dr. Calleja is currently working to implement targeted trauma-focused treatment to court-involved adolescents in Wayne county. The two-year program funded by the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation will allow for the implementation and evaluation of an evidence-based trauma treatment program that is being implemented in partnership with Spectrum Child and Family Services.

Dr. Calleja joined the University in 2002 and is a member of the Michigan Child Welfare Health Advisory Committee, past chair of the Licensure Committee, Michigan Counseling Association, past chair of the Ethics Committee, Michigan Counseling Association, and past president of the Michigan Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors.

Current Research Projects:

  • Expansion of the counseling workforce specializing in the treatment of adolescents and young adults with complex needs
  • Implementation and evaluation of trauma-based treatment to court-involved adolescents and their families
  • Organizational restructuring and realignment to promote effectiveness and efficiency
  • Development, implementation and long-term outcomes evaluation of a targeted re-entry program for juvenile offenders
  • Re-design, implementation and evaluation of residential treatment programming for youth with sexual behavior problems 
  • Disproportionate psychotropic medication prescriptions among foster children
  • Social justice and ethical issues related to system-involved youth and families
  • Long-term life outcomes of court-involved adolescents

Externally-Funded Research:

Calleja, N. G. (2014-17).  Project Director.  Expanding the Professional Counseling Workforce to Treat Adolescents and Young Adults with Complex Needs.  Health Resources and Services Administration.  $703,000. 

Calleja, N. G. (2014-16).  Evaluator.  Implementing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Treatment with Court-Involved Youth.  The Ethel and James Flinn Foundation.  $182,000. 

Calleja, N. G. (2013-15).  Project Director/Consultant.  Organizational restructuring and staffing realignment. Department of Juvenile Justice, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of Juvenile Justice.   Contracted work.

Calleja, N. G. (2013-14). Project Director. Creating Zero Tolerance for Prison Rape in Juvenile Detention Facilities:  Prison Rape Elimination Act Compliance Project. National Council on Crime and Delinquency.  $100,000.

Fisher, J. & Calley, N. G. (2011-2017).  Research Director/Evaluator.  2nd Chance Juvenile Offender Re-Entry Program.  Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.  $744,212 ($1,500,000 total project funding)

Calley, N. G. (2010-2013).  Project Director.  Re-Design and Implementation of the Adolescent Sexual Behavior Treatment Program.  Department of Juvenile Justice, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  $267,000.  

Calley, N. G. & McDougall, M. P. (2012).   Evaluator. Elder Abuse Education ProjectWayne County Medical Society Foundation. $10,000

Calley, N. G. (2008).  Principal Investigator/Project Director.  Juvenile Sex Offender Residential Treatment Program and Capacity-Building Project.  Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.  $398,000 ($547,000 total project funding)

Calley, N. G. & McDougall, M. P. (2008).  Improving Access to Medicaid:  Public Awareness Campaign. State of Michigan.   $10,000 

Calley, N. G. (2006).  Principal Investigator/Project Director. Comprehensive Sex Offender Management:  Analysis & Program Implementation.  US Bureau of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.      $250,000

Recent Publications:

Duryea, D. G., Calleja, N. G., McDonald, D. (in press).  Non-medical use of prescription drugs by college students with minority sexual orientations.  Journal of College Psychotherapy.

Calleja, N. G.  (in press).  Juvenile sexual and non-sexual offenders:  A comparison of recidivism and risk.  Journal of Addiction and Offender Counseling.

Calleja, N. G. (2014).  Integrating research into practice: The Forward-Focused Model of adolescent sexual behavior treatment. Aggression and Violent Behavior.

Duryea, D. G. & Calleja, N. G. (2013).  Current expectations and existing deficits among addiction counselors:  Addressing the gap.  Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly.  

Calleja, N. G. (2013).  Applied ethics in community practice.  In J. Gregoire & C. Jungers (Eds.) Counseling ethics:  A journey of personal and professional discovery.   Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Pubications, Inc.

Alavi, Z., & Calleja, N. G. (2012).  Psychotropic medication in the child welfare system:  Uses, consequences, and proposed solutions.  Child Welfare, 91, 77-94.

Calley, N. G. (2012).  Juvenile offender recidivism:  An examination of risk.  Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 21, 257-272.

Calley, N. G. (2011). Clinical prediction-making:  Examining influential factors related to clinician prediction making of recidivism among juvenile offenders.   The Journal of Addiction and Offender Counseling, 32, 2-15.

Calley, N. G., Pickover, S., Bennett-Garraway, J. M., Hendry, S. J., & Garraway, M. (2011). Integrating social justice across the curriculum:  The Jesuit mission and counselor education. The Journal of Catholic Higher Education, 289-308. 

Calley, N. G. (2011).  Program development in the 21st century:  An evidence-based approach to design, implementation, and evaluation.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage.

Calley, N. G. & Hawley, L. D.  (2010).  Increasing self-empowerment related to depression among court-involved youth:  The Moods Matter project.  Michigan Journal of Counseling:  Research, Theory, and Practice, 37, 18-30.   

Calley, N.G. (2009). New directions in juvenile sex offender management: Implementing a comprehensive and collaborative approach to system improvement. Federal Pobation, 73, 46-56.

Calley, N.G. (2009).  Promoting a contextual perspective in the application of the ACA Code of Ethics:  The ethics into action map.  Journal of Counseling and Development, 87, 477-482.

Hawley, L. D. & Calley, N. G. (2009).  Professional identity of counseling:  A template for action.  Michigan Journal of  Counseling, 36, 1-12.  

Calley, N. G. (2009).  Comprehensive program development in mental health counseling: Design, implementation and evaluation.  Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 31, 9-21.

Calley, N.G. (2009).  The eco-map.  In B. Erford (Ed.) The encyclopedia of counseling.  Alexandria, VA:  American Counseling Association.

Calley, N. G. (2008).  Unintended consequences of sex offender registration legislation: Treatment implications for juvenile sex offenders.  Federal Probation, 37-41.   

Calley, N. G. & Hawley, L. D. (2008). The professional identity of counselor educators. The Clinical Supervisor, 27, 3-16.

Calley, N. G. & Gerber, S.  (2008).  Empathy-promoting counseling strategies for juvenile sex offenders:  A developmental approach.  Journal of Addiction and Offender Counseling, 28, 68-85.  

Calley, N.G. (2008).  Duty to warn:  Who ya gonna call? In L.E. Tyson, J.R. Culbreth, & J.A. Harrington, (Eds.).  Critical incidents in clinical supervision.  Alexandria, VA:  American Counseling Association.

Calley, N. G. (2007).  Promoting an outcomes-based treatment milieu for juvenile sex offenders:  A guided approach to assessment.  Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 29, 121-143.

Calley, N.G. (2007).  Integrating theory and research:  Developing a research-based treatment program for juvenile male sex offenders. Journal of Counseling and Development 85, 131-142.     

Calley, N.G. (April, 2007).  Behavioral scaling as a group –guided approach to self-management.  In D.  Viers (Ed.) The Group Therapist’s Notebook:  Homework, Hand-outs, and Activities.  Binghampton, NY:  The Haworth Press.

Calley, N.G. & Reppert, B. (2007).  Bibliography of twenty-five years of scholarly research and literature  related to juvenile sex offenders.  Archived by the Federal Bureau of Justice’s National Criminal Justice Resource Services Library.