Associate Professor of Research
223 Huey P. Long Field House
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
PhD, Social Work, Louisiana State University, 2011
MSW, Social Work, Louisiana State University, 2007
BA, Arts and Sciences/Social Work, Louisiana State University, 1985
Judith Rhodes has extensive experience in the educational field, including adult education, intervention for youth-at-risk, and non-traditional teaching of home educated k-12 children. Dr. Rhodes served as a volunteer in multiple philanthropic organizations and in the visual and performing arts community before earning a Master’s of Social Work degree in 2007. While working toward her doctoral degree she was awarded an Economic Development Award and completed her PhD in Social Work in 2011. Judith works in the Office of Social Service Research and Development and teaches courses related to youth-at-risk. Judith is Director of Research for the American Council for School Social Work. Her areas of interest include school dropout prevention, school social work, juvenile delinquency, and educational attainment of youth-at-risk.
Thomas, J. M., Lemieux, C. M., Rhodes, J. L. F., & Vlosky, D. A. (2011). Early truancy intervention: Results of an evaluation using a regression discontinuity design. Children and Youth Services Review, 33 (9), 1563-1572.
Rhodes, J.L.F., Thomas, J.M., Lemieux, C. M., Cain, D., & Guin, C. C. (2010) Truancy Assessment and Service Centers (TASC): Engaging elementary school children and their families. School Social Work Journal, 35(1), 83-100.
Rhodes, J. L. F. “Let’s look at playing hooky: Its perils and our practices” Keynote presentation at the 56th Annual Training and Conference of the Louisiana Juvenile Officer’s Association in Lafayette, Louisiana on March 20, 2012.
Rhodes, J. L. F. “The value of our practice: How to evaluate and communicate impact” Louisiana School Social Work Conference, American Council for School Social Work held at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA on January 30 and 31, 2012.
Rhodes, J. L. F., Lemieux, C. M., & Thomas, J. M. “Examining the Predictive Ability of Demographic, School-Related, and Psychosocial Risk Factors for On-Time Grade Attainment Among At-Risk Elementary School Children In An Early Truancy Intervention” Paper presented at the 2012 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research to be held in Washington, DC, January 11-15, 2012.
Thomas, J. M., Lemieux, C. M., & Rhodes, J. L. F. “An Evaluation of the Truancy Assessment and Service Center (TASC) Early Truancy Intervention Program with a Regression Discontinuity Design: A Replication Study” Paper presented at the 2012 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research to be held in Washington, DC, January 11-15, 2012.
Rhodes, J. L. F. & Thomas-Smith, J. “The Louisiana model for addressing truancy in elementary schools: The Truancy Assessment and Service Center (TASC) program” Paper presented at the National Center for School Engagement 1st National Conference on School Success in Denver, CO, October 28, 2011.
Rhodes, J. L. F. “State of Louisiana Truancy Intervention Initiative: Intensive Case Management Program for Elementary School Children and Their Families” Panel presentation at the American Council on School Social Work 2nd National Research to Practice Summit in Bloomingdale, IL on Monday, June 27, 2011.
Rhodes, J. L.F., Thomas, J. M., & Lemieux, C. M. “Examining Program Effectiveness and Components of a Truancy Prevention Intervention Among At-Risk Elementary School Aged Children” Paper presented at the National Organization of Forensic Social Work in New Orleans, LA on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.
Rhodes, J. L. F., DeJohn, T. V., & Maccio, E. M. "Research Made Real: Engaging Students in Service-Learning Research Courses " Paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education in Portland, OR on Sunday, October 17, 2010.
DeJohn, T. V., Rhodes, J. L. F. & Maccio, E. M. "Service-Learning Using an Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Model" Paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education in Portland, OR on Friday, October 15, 2010.
Thomas, J. M., Vlosky, D. A., Rhodes, J.L.F., & Lemieux, C. M. “The Efficacy of an Intensive Case Management Early Truancy
Intervention Program: Preliminary Results from a Regression Discontinuity Design”
Paper presented at the 14th Annual Conference for the Society for Social Work and
Research in San Francisco, CA on January 17, 2010.
Rhodes, J.L.F. “Examining truancy prevention program decisions for elementary school children at high risk for continued chronic absences” Paper presented at the 2nd National Research Conference on Child and Family Programs and Policy in Bridgewater, MA on July 17, 2009.