Natalie Beck Aguilera, DSW, LCSW-S earned her Bachelor's degree from Southwestern University, Master's degree in Social Work from The University of Texas, and Doctor of Social Work from The University of Tennessee. She has practiced as a professional social worker for over 12 years in the fields of juvenile justice, school-based mental health, and substance use treatment. Dr. Beck Aguilera's areas of passion include family-based treatment for adolescents and breaking the school-to-prison pipeline.

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, St. Edward's University, 2019 - present

Adjunct Assistant Professor, The University of Texas, 2016-2019


Doctor of Social Work, The University of Tennessee, 2017

Master of Science in Social Work, The University of Texas, 2009

Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Southwestern University, 2004

Achievement & Involvement

Organizations, Boards and Memberships

Nationally-Recognized Nurturing Program Trainer/Consultant

Certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Instuctor

Member of the National Association of Social Workers

Publications & Articles


Alvarez, M., Beck, N., Cuellar, M., Lucio, R., McCoy, C., Ochocki, S., Robles Sinkule, M., Rivers Cannon, T., Villarreal Sosa, L., (2020). School Social Work Association of America Responds to the Role of Law Enforcement in Schools from a Racial Justice Lens.  London, KY. School Social Work Association of America.…

Beck, N., & Ochocki, S. (2020, July 16). Home Visits Not Handcuffs.…


Ochocki, S., Frey, A., Patterson, D., Herron, F., Beck, N., and Dupper, D. (2020). Evaluating the Zones of Regulation® intervention to improve the self-control of elementary students. International Journal of School Social Work, 5(2).



Is the Push to “Harden” Schools Widening the School-to-Prison Pipeline?

  • National Center for School Mental Health 2020 Conference

Safety and Support Begin at Home: Evidence-based Strategies for Family Engagement 

  • National Center for School Mental Health 2019 Conference

The Nurturing Program: An Evidence-Based, Trauma-Informed Intervention Used in Diverse Settings

  • Integral Care’s 2018 Dynamic Development Day
  • Texas Network of Youth Services’ 2017 Conference
  • Healthy Youth Partnership’s 2017 Conference
  • Manor Independent School District’s 2017 Family Engagement Conference
  • Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy’s 2017 Symposium
  • National Association of Social Workers Texas Chapter’s 2016 Conference
  • Texas School Social Workers’ 2016 Conference

Department Group

School Group

School of Behavioral and Social Sciences