02/18/2013 03:21 PM
BATON ROUGE – Samuel Robison, research associate in the LSU School of Social Work’s
Office of Social Service Research Development, or OSSRD, has been selected as a new
member of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, or CJJR, Fellows Network based on
the approval of his outstanding capstone project.
Robison’s capstone project, titled the Louisiana Longitudinal study, is focused on
at-risk youth and associates social, criminogenic and economic issues in Louisiana.
Through this project, Robison is helping to create a data warehouse of information
to track Louisiana’s population from early childhood through adulthood.
“We are constructing a large research database that will allow us to examine the life
pathways of an at-risk population, and to identify the negative and positive factors
affecting them,” Robison said.
His project began with work on the relationship between school dropout and involvement
with the corrections system and an examination of the long-term outcomes of children
served by the Truancy Assessment and Service Center, or TASC, program. The intervention
program previously administered and evaluated by OSSRD addresses the factors keeping
children out of school. Robison proposed a one-year plan for this project to move
“Through the research opportunities it provides, this project could benefit the state
and help to pull people out of cycles of poverty, crime, and educational failure,”
The mission of CJJR is to advance a balanced, multi-system approach to reduce juvenile
delinquency and promote positive youth development. It provides strong national leadership
by identifying and highlighting research on policies and practices that best suit
Robison attended the 2012 CJJR summer training at Georgetown University and received
his letter of approval in December, 2012.
“We are so proud of Sam,” Director of OSSRD Cecile Guin said. “The faculty for the
training includes some of the most prestigious names in our field.”
Robison graduated from LSU in 2010 with his Ph. D. in International Relations. His
secondary study of comparative politics represents his main interest in political
“My educational experience at LSU has taught me how to think about things more critically,” Robison said. “I had incredible mentors to guide me.”
Robison will be considered for the Capstone of the Year Award in March 2014, which
is given to the individual who has made the most significant progress with youth in
“Issues associated with at-risk children are critically important,” Robison said.
“CJJR recognizes this and provides valuable resources for those who are trying to
make things better for the population.”
For more information on CJJR Fellows Network, visit http://cjjr.georgetown.edu.
The School of Social Work is one of six schools realigned to form the new LSU College of Human Sciences & Education, joining the School of Education, the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science and the University Laboratory School.
OSSRD is a unit of the School of Social Work in the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education. To learn more about LSU OSSRD and the School of Social Work, visit www.socialwork.lsu.edu.
Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013