Samuel RobisonSamuel Robison

Assistant Professor of Research
Bachelor's Degree(s): B.S., University of Southern Mississippi, 2002
Master's Degree(s): M.S., Louisiana State University, 2005
PhD: Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 2010
Phone: (225) 578-6293
Office: 237 Huey P. Long Fieldhouse


Sam Robison is a research associate in the Office of Social Service Research and Development (SREC) at Louisiana State University.  He received a Ph.D. in political science with a concentration in international relations in 2010.

Dr. Robison previously worked for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals on healthcare reform.  He then joined SREC as a quantitative researcher, grant writer, and program evaluator.  In this capacity, Dr. Robison was part of the administrative and evaluation team for the Truancy Assessment and Service Center.  He also became a fellow at Georgetown’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, and spearheaded the Louisiana Longitudinal Initiative (LLI)—a project examining statewide, multi-systems data on Louisiana’s at-risk population over the life course.  He has been the primary or contributing author on several LLI-associated academic manuscripts.

Dr. Robison assists with federal grant proposals for social, educational, health, and criminal justice programs impacting the state, specializing in program evaluation and research design.  He has been named the Principal Investigator for one grant (SYT-I) and co-Principal Investigator for three others (LAUNCH, YEP II, and P3), has led the evaluation efforts for several funded projects, and has served as a program evaluation consultant for external organizations.

Dr. Robison’s research interests in the social work domain include program evaluation and intervention research, an examination of school and community prevention and early intervention, and the life pathways of at-risk children.  His political science research interests include the political psychology of decision-makers, foreign policy analysis, and conflict studies.

Selected Publications 

Jaggers, Jeremiah, Samuel Robison, Judith Rhodes, Xian Guan, and Wesley Church (2015) “Predicting Adult Criminality among Louisiana’s Urban Youth: Poverty, Academic Risk, and Delinquency.” Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research (in press).

Robison, Samuel (2013) Confidentiality Issues in SREC Research Efforts. Baton Rouge, LA: College of Human Sciences and Education, Office of Social Service Research and Development.

Sobek, David, Dennis Foster, and Samuel Robison (2012) “Conventional Wisdom?  The Effect of Nuclear Proliferation on Armed Conflict, 1945-2001.” International Studies Quarterly, 56(1): 149-162.  Reprinted in (2015) Nonproliferation Policy and Nuclear Posture: Causes and Consequences for the Spread of Nuclear Weapons, eds. Neil Narang, Erik Gartzke, and Matthew Kroenig: 268-294.

Robison, Samuel (2011) “Experiential Learning by U.S. Presidents: Domestic and International Influences on ‘Absolute’ Belief Change.” In Rethinking Foreign Policy Analysis: States, Leaders, and the Microfoundations of Behavioral International Relations, eds. Stephen G. Walker, Akan Malici, and Mark Schafer.

Robison, Samuel (2006) “George W. Bush and the Vulcans: Leader-Advisor Relations and America’s Response to the 9/11 Attacks.” In Beliefs and Leadership in World Politics: Methods and Applications of Operational Code Analysis, eds. Mark Schafer and Stephen G. Walker. New York, Palgrave-Macmillan.

Selected Presentations 

Robison, Samuel, Judith Rhodes, and Bret Blackmon (2015) “Predictors of School Dropout, Juvenile Delinquency, and Adult Criminality in a Southern U.S. State.” Presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, New Orleans, LA (January).

Robison, Samuel (2012) “The Influence of Presidential Beliefs on U.S. Foreign Policy Behavior.”  Presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the International Studies Association, San Diego, CA (April).

Robison, Samuel and Judith Rhodes (2012) “Poverty Matters: What’s Working to Help Families and Children in Louisiana?” Panel presentation at the 4th Annual Cradle to Prison Campaign Summit of the Children’s Defense Fund in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (October).

Robison, Samuel (2010) “The Influence of Crises on Presidential Learning in the Immediate and Longer Term.” Presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the International Studies Association, New Orleans, LA (February).

Robison, Samuel (2009) “Experiential Learning by US Presidents: Domestic, International, and Psychological Influences." Presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the International Studies Association, New York, NY (February).


Selected Grants/Funded Projects


Principal Investigator; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration State Youth Treatment-Implementation (SYT-I). Funds would be used to provide evidence-based assessments and services in 8 sites, and systems level improvements around the state aimed at treating substance abuse and co-occurring disorders for the population aged 16-25 yrs. old. Contributions: program evaluation, research. Proposed funding of $2.28 million for three years ($342,000 to LSU).

Co-Principal Investigator; U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) for Disconnected Youth. This grant will facilitate educational and workforce guidance and training for at-risk, over-aged youths in two East Baton Rouge Parish schools, as well as an evaluation of this program.  Contributions: grant/methodological organization, grant narrative, program evaluation. Proposed funding for $671,000 ($329,000 to LSU) over 3 years.


Co-Principal Investigator; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health Youth Empowerment Program II (YEP II). Grant will facilitate after-school activities, increased interest in learning and cooperation, and academic assistance for at-risk African American youths in urban Baton Rouge.  Contributions: grant narrative, program evaluation, research. Funded for $1,499,922 for 3 years, all coming to LSU.

U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance Project Safe Neighborhoods. Grant will fund youth services and community development efforts in the high poverty, high crime area of Gardere in East Baton Rouge, and will expand the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) program to this area. Contributions: grant organization, grant narrative. Funded for $150,000 for 1 year ($33,240 to LSU).


Co-Principal Investigator; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Linking Unmet Needs for Children’s Health (LAUNCH). Grant funds improved provision of behavioral health services, education, and systems change for children aged 0-8 in the Acadiana area of Louisiana (Acadia, Vermilion, and Lafayette parishes). Contributions: program evaluation, research. Funded for $4.2 million for 5 years ($670,000 to LSU).

Professional/Community Service 

Committee Membership: School of Social Work Diversity Committee Member (2014-2015); College of Human Sciences and Education External Grant Committee Member (2013); School of Social Work Policy Committee Member (2012-2014)

Reviewer for: International Studies Quarterly, Political Psychology, The Chinese Journal of International Politics

Associate program chair for the Foreign Policy Analysis section of the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, 2007

Discussant and chair during the 2007 meeting of the Southern Political Science Association for the panel “Media Coverage of Presidents and Vice Presidents.”


2012: Named a Fellow at Georgetown’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform

2007-2008: LSU Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship

2007: The Alexander George Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper in Foreign Policy Analysis at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association


Curriculum Vitae