RhodesJudith Rhodes

Associate Professor of Research
Bachelor's Degree(s): BA in Social Work, LSU, 1985
Master's Degree(s): MSW, LSU, 2007
PhD: Social Work, LSU, 2011
Phone: (225) 578-4948
E-mail: jrhode9@lsu.edu
Office: 231 H. P. Long Field House


Judith Rhodes, PhD, LMSW, is an Assistant Professor of Research in the LSU, CHSE, Office of Social Service Research and Development.  She utilizes her extensive experience in the educational field, including in K-12 home education and adult education settings, in grant writing, program implementation, and evaluation capacities. Her areas of interest include school dropout prevention, school social work, juvenile delinquency, and educational attainment of youth-at-risk. Currently, Judith is principal investigator on the U.S. DHHS, Office of Minority Health, Youth Empowerment Program grant (YEP Village), which is a violence prevention program for minority male youth, and she also is principal investigator on a U.S. Department of Education Performance Partnership Pilot (P3) for Disconnected Youth. Judith currently serves on the national board of the American Council for School Social Work.

Selected Publications

Jaggers, J., Robison, S. B., Rhodes, J. L. F., Guan, X., & Church, W. (forthcoming, 2015). Predicting adult criminality among Louisiana’s urban youth: Poverty, academic risk, and delinquency. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Barthelemy, J. J., Rhodes, J. L. F. & Church, II., W. T.  (forthcoming, 2015). Police work: A history and trends within the juvenile justice system.  In D. W. Springer (Ed.),   Social Work in Juvenile and Criminal Justice systems (4th ed.). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas Publishing.

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.

Selected Presentations

Dinecola, C., & Rhodes, J L. F. “Parenting Practices for School Engagement” Presentation at the School Mental Health Conference of the American Council for School Social Work at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, February 27, 2015.

Robison, S. B. & Rhodes, J. L. F. “Predictors of school dropout, juvenile delinquency, and adult criminality in a southern U.S. state” Presentation at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research in New Orleans, LA, January 18, 2015.

Rhodes, J. L. F., Guan, X., & Lemieux, C. M., “Adolescence-limited vs. life course persistent: Individual, Academic, & School-Related Predictors of Offenders.  Paper  presented at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research in San Antonio, TX, January 16, 2014.

Richard, L., & Rhodes, J. L. F. “Assessment and measurement in school-age children and programs: School Social Work Effectiveness Evaluation Tool (SWEET),” Paper presented at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research in San Antonio, TX, January 18, 2014.

Rhodes, J. L. F., Guan, X., & Lemieux, C. M.  "Individual, Academic, and School-Related Predictors of Offending: Early Versus Late Onset" Paper presented at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research in San Diego, CA,  January 19, 2013.

Selected Grants/Funded Projects

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE). Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) for Disconnected Youth: Baton Rouge P3. CFDA 84.420A. Principal Investigator. (Total  award $671,304.00). October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2018.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. Youth Empowerment Grant II (YEP II): LSU YEP Village. CFDA Number 93.910. Principal Investigator. (Total award $1.5 million). September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2017.

Professional/Community Service

Children & Schools, NASW Press. Contributing Editor . 2015-2018

Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre Board of Trustees:  member. 2014-2017

American Council of School Social Work, Executive Board member.


LSU Consortiums for Civic Engagement: Committee member. 2013-2015

Faculty Senator, LSU, College of Human Sciences and Education, School of  Social Work. 2012-2015


LSU Economic Opportunity Research Graduate Assistantship/Economic Development Assistantship Award.  2007-2011

Marwood Ahrens Scholarship in Addictive Disorders, 2006


 Curriculum Vitae