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Dr. Janet Boberg, Ed.D

Distinguished Core Part Time Professor, School of Education

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Areas of Expertise:

  • ​Juvenile firesetting
  • Quantitative and qualitative research
  • Evaluation
  • Decision management
  • Public education
  • Public safety


  • ​Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Northern Arizona University, Flafstaff, Arizona
  • M.Ed., School Counseling/Counsling, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
  • M.Ed., Educational Administration and Supervision, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
  • Bachelo of Arts Sociology, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona


  • ​An Exploratory Case Study of the Self-reported Motivations of Students Who Set School Fires

Research Areas of Interest:

  • ​Juvenile firesetting
  • Human factors of arson
  • Public education programs worth
  • CPR and AED use
  • Public safety
  • Student motivation

Certifications and /or Licenses:

  • Arizona Community College Teaching Certification
    • State Board of Directors for Community Colleges of Arizona 
    • Certificate Number 11303 
  • Arizona Fire Service Institute 
    • Fire Instructor I and II, Certified Instructor 
    • September 12, 2010, September 9, 2012
  • Arizona Fire Service Institute
    • Fire and Life Safety Educator I and II
      • September 8, 2013, August 3, 2017
  • Arizona Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Board
    • Certified Instructor
    • November 27, 1989
  • Arizona State University 
    • Certified Public Manager
    • Bob Ramsey Executive Education Programs
    • June 18, 2010
  • Certified Fire Journalist   
    • Phoenix Fire Department Media Academy    
    • Phoenix, AZ.  March 3, 2002 
  • CPR Instructor
    • ASHI
    • July 2023
  • International Association of Arson Investigators    
    • Fire /Arson Investigator I - IV     
    • April 15, 2011    
  • State of Arizona Licensed Professional Counselor
    • Board of Behavioral Health Examiners
    • Certificate Number LPC-10793
  • National Certified Counselor
    • National Board of Certified Counselors
    • Certification Number 70324
  • National Fire Academy “Train the Trainer”
    • Leadership Series I, II, III
    • May 23, 1999

Select Publications:

  • Boberg, J. and McLeieer, M. (2010). Youth Firesetter Intervention and Prevention Manual. Emmitsburg, MD. National Fire Academy/United States Fire Administration.
  • Boberg, J. (2009).  Youth firesetter handbook for school personnel. Glendale, AZ: City of Glendale Publishing.
  • Boberg, J., Roe-Sepowitz, D. & Sharp, A. (2009). The interaction between juvenile school firesetting and bullying: An exploratory study.  School Social Work Journal, 33(2), 86-97.
  • Boberg, J. (2006). An exploratory case study of the self-reported motivations of students who set school fires. Flagstaff, AZ: Northern Arizona University.
  • Boberg, J. (1997).  A history of DARE and its efficacy in city of Peoria schools. (Unpublished Thesis). Tempe, AZ: Arizona State University.

Select Professional Experience:

Professional Positions:

  • ​Public Education Manager for the Glendale Fire Department
  • Youth Firesetter Program Manager/Training Manager
  • Police Officer
  • Detention Officer

Teaching Experience:

  • Northern Arizona University, Phoenix, AZ
    • Part-time Faculty
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
    • Part-time Faculty, Certified Public Manager Program
  • National Fire Academy Instructor
    • Arizona Chapter of the IAAI Instructor


  • Arizona Chapter of IAAI                                                            
  • Arizona Fire and Burn Educators Association
  • City of Glendale Dementia Friends Committee
  • City of Glendale's Wellness Committee                       
  • International Association of Arson Investigators                         
  • Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honor Society  
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Northern Arizona University
  • Phoenix Children's Hospital Partnering in Pediatric Emergencies Task Force
  • Refugee Safety Initiative of Greater Phoenix