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Allison Carrington

PhD Student

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School of Social Work
1010 W. Nevada St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Office: 2014


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Allison Salisbury earned her MSW from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2018. Previously, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater with a double major in Social Work and Psychology and a minor in Spanish. Allison’s research interests include criminal justice content in social work baccalaureate and master’s programs. She is currently a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for Prevention Research & Development, working on two projects: the Engaging Youth for Positive Change project as a Facilitator Trainer and Facilitator Guide Expert and the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission project.


Allison Carrington, MSW (she/they) integrates social justice theory, the criminal legal system, and social work education into her research. They apply Nicotera’s (2019) interpretation of social justice theory for the social work profession to the criminal legal system, and examine criminal legal content in social work education. She challenges “traditional” approaches for responding to criminalized behaviors, such as retribution and rehabilitation, and endorses restorative and transformative justice as alternatives that align with social justice tenets. Allison is an Instructor for two iMSW courses: Program Evaluation and HBSE II: Mental Disorders, a Graduate Consultant at the Writers Workshop, a Co-Facilitator of the Social Issues Group Dialogue course, and a Graduate Hourly Assistant with online education. You can contact Allison at

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