NASW Foundation National Programs
NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Alex J. Norman, DSW, MSW
Specific Pioneer Qualifications
Among his pioneering contributions, Norman's research was ground-breaking: for example, researching a series of studies on family planning and use of contraceptives with regard to the sexual behaviors of young men of color. This study led to the publication of the first cross-cultural study in family planning (Health and Social Work, 1978) and to a seminal report of a cross-cultural experimental study of four family sites of the Los Angeles Regional Family Planning Council.
For ten years, Norman researched group work techniques in resolving inter-ethnic conflict. This began with an Arab-Jewish dialogue and later included Black-Korean and Latino-Black relations. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) asked him to conduct research on an empowerment model for organizing Asian and Pacific Island communities which was published by the Human Interaction Research Institute.
Norman is also known for his advanced research with the L.A. Police Department on new roles for police psychologists (1999), and for training law enforcement personnel in Community-Oriented Policing Services (2004, 2006).
Norman's expertise was requested outside of the United States as well, where he helped produce comparative case studies for police agencies in the U.K., especially in the Avon-Bristol Constabulary and the London Metropolitan Police (2006). Norman conducted inventive work there in Community-Economic Development (1993) where he combined lectures on history, social agency structure, governance, organizational behavior, strategic planning, team-building, and managing change for human resource development.
In Long Beach, California, Norman recently co-authored a State of Black Long Beach Report, which was used as a basis for funding by the California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities initiative in the African American Community. Another recent report, on Ethnic Disparities and Inequality in Long Beach, (2014), served as the foundation for the newly elected Mayor's planning for the first year of his administration. Norman co-founded Rethinking Greater Long Beach, the community-based think tank that conducted the study. A forthcoming publication on a Socio-economic Atlas for Long Beach, is scheduled for mass distribution in October 2015.
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