Jada Thomas SmithJada Thomas-Smith

Research Associate 4
Bachelor's Degree(s): Bachelor of Science, Nicholls State University, 1998
Phone: (225) 578-3731
E-mail: jtsmith@lsu.edu
Office: 228 Huey P. Long Fieldhouse




Jada Thomas-Smith is a Research Associate 4 in the Office of Social Service Research and Development (SREC). She applies the practical knowledge gained in the field to evaluate intervention programs. Jada enjoys working with at-risk children and families in the areas of juvenile justice, parental engagement, and school attendance. For many years, Jada served as program coordinator for Truancy Assessment and Service Center (TASC), a statewide truancy initiative, and principal investigator for a statewide parent education program.

Currently, she coordinates research activities for the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) project, assists with evaluation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) initiative, and provides assistance for a Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) grant that focuses on neighborhood revitalization efforts. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Child, Family and Social Services from Nicholls State University in 1998, and is completing course work to receive a Master of Social Work degree at LSU.

Selected Publications 

Guin, C. C., Barthelemy, J., Rizzuto, T., Thomas-Smith, J., Winchester, E., Maberry, S., Zhu, H., & Reed, A. (2015). Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination: 2-year report. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University.

Guin, C. C., Myer, R. B., Rhodes, J. L. F., Robison, S. B., Thomas-Smith, J., & Winchester, E. (2013). Truancy Assessment and Service Center (TASC): A comprehensive report from 1999-December 31, 2012.

Maberry, S., Guin, C., & Thomas-Smith, J. (2014). Prison Rape Elimination Act and Culture Change. (A report made to the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice). LSU Office of Social Service Research and Development.


Selected Presentations

Anny, H., Barthelemy, J.J., Burgess, A., Moles, A., Thomas-Smith, J., Walker, R. The Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) project. Presented at the LSU School of Social Work Conference. Baton Rouge, LA, April 2015.

Thomas-Smith, J. & Rhodes, J. L. F. “The Louisiana model for addressing truancy in elementary schools: The Truancy Assessment and Service Center (TASC) program” Paper accepted for presentation at the National Center for School Engagement 1st National Conference on School Success in Denver, CO, October 2011.

Thomas-Smith, J. & Trainham, A. “An Overview of the Case Management Activity Tracking Tool,” Louisiana Families in Need of Services Association (FINS) Conference in Baton Rouge, LA, April 2008.

Clark, J.A., Thomas-Smith, J. & Trainham, A. “Using Data Collection and Feedback to Bridge Daily Practice to Long Term Outcomes,” National Child Welfare and Data Technology Conference, Making IT Work:  Linking Data with Practices and Outcomes, in Washington, DC, July 2007.


Selected Grants/Funded Projects 

Co-Principal Investigator. “Parent University-Raising Winners!” Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund, 2011-2015.


Professional/Community Service

National Association of Black Social Workers


Resume (PDF)