The LSU Social Research and Evaluation Center team includes social workers, psychologists, geographers, political scientists, program evaluators, grant writers, policy experts, and data analysts. We are advocates and strategists. We are LSU faculty, research associates, graduate assistants and SREC affiliates. We are here to work with you.
Sam Allouche, MS, started working at SREC as a graduate assistant with Dr. Rhodes in 2019 assisting with the SAMHSA Project AWARE grant to create trauma sensitive schools in the City of Monroe, Jefferson Parish, and St. Bernard Parish school systems.
Sam received her BS in Psychology, second major in French and MS in Behavioral Health from Tulane University in New Orleans. She is currently in LSU's school psychology doctoral program working in the Cultural Responsiveness and Implementation Science in Psychology (CRISP) lab. Sam's research interests include mental health help-seeking behavior of students and the implementation of trauma-informed practices within school settings.
In her free time, Sam enjoys cooking, practicing yoga, listening to live music and hanging out with her one-eyed cat, Ricky Peach.
School-based mental health and culturally responsive intervention.
Kandra Colomb, MBA joined the LSU Social Research and Evaluation Center as a Research Associate in May, 2018. She began working for Louisiana State University in 2007. She has over 17 years of experience in serving at risk youth. Her experience includes teaching, counseling, life coach, data collection and analysis, research dissemination and program evaluation. Her previous appointments include: Program Advisor, Program Coordinator and Program Director.
Kandra earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from Southern University and A&M College in spring, 1997. She received her Masters Degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix in spring, 2008.
Kandra believes the sky is the limit for anyone. Her hobbies include: reading, teaching aerobic dance, and exercising.
Planning, Project Management, Program Implementation and Database Management
Kelsey Coulthard, BA, has been with SREC since January 2019 and works as a graduate assistant with Dr. Robison. She is working on a SAMSHA funded grant, the Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs in Louisiana.
Kelsey earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina. She is a first year Clinical Psychology doctoral student, focusing in child and adolescent psychology.
Outside of school and research, Kelsey enjoys exploring the area, cooking, and getting outdoors.
She is currently a second-year graduate student in the School Psychology PhD program under Dr. Frank Gresham at Louisiana State University. Her current research interests focus on social skills competency for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Delaney loves to spend time with her pup, Cece, and go on long walks around the university lakes. She also spends time enjoying music, watching movies, and spending time with friends.
Delaney is specialized to work with children with Autism and using applied behavioral analysis within a training context.
Jacob DeBoer, M.S., NCSP, joined the SREC in January 2019 as a Research Assistant. His work at the SREC centers around the improvement of school-based mental health services. Included within this goal is the implementation of school-wide mental health screening to identify youth who are at-risk for mental health concerns and could benefit from early intervention.
Jacob received his MS in School Psychology from Northeastern University and his BS in Psychology from Virginia Tech. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in School Psychology at LSU. Jacob is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.
His hobbies include: playing guitar, watching sports (Boston Red Sox and Celtics), playing with his dog Qba Gary Jr. (who’s a snow dog), and going to music concerts/festivals.
School-based consultation, school-based mental health services.
Danielle Eugene, LCSW, has been with the SREC since 2017 as a Research Assistant. Her work focuses on data collection and analysis, program evaluation, grant writing, and research dissemination. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of Louisiana and Texas with seven years of practice experience in child welfare and school social work.
Danielle received her MSW degree from LSU in 2009 and a BS in Psychology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2007. She is currently pursuing her Ph. D in Social Work at LSU. Her research interests include adolescent and youth development, school engagement, educational outcomes for high risk populations, and intervention research.
She firmly believes that all students deserve an equitable education despite zip code.
School Social Work; Community Outreach and Engagement; Interdisciplinary Work
Cecile Guin, PhD, LCSW, has served as the Director of the LSU Social Research and Evaluation Center, from 1996 to 2018. She began working for LSU in 1995 as a funding consultant and Associate Professor of Research. Cecile develops programs and seeks funding aimed at interrupting the pathway to delinquency and crime. Additionally, she has become an expert in truancy and death penalty mitigation and is court qualified in the areas of adult criminality, development of a criminal personality, juvenile delinquency social work and cultural poverty.
Cecile has earned a BA and a MSW from Louisiana State University, and a PhD in Social Work from University of Texas – Arlington.
Cecile is an avid animal lover, saving numerous cats and dogs from Baton Rouge shelters. She is also a passionate supporter of LSU football teams, even during their non-winning years.
Project Management, Community Engagement, Strategic Partnerships, External Funds Development, Community Outreach, Strategic Visioning, Planning, Coalition Building, Policy Analysis, Program Evaluation, Grant Writing
Kristen Hollas joined the Social Research and Evaluation Center as a Graduate Assistant in January 2019. She is currently working with Dr. Lomotey on the Louisiana Youth for Excellence Sexual Risk Avoidance Education project.
Kristen received her B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. She is currently a first-year clinical psychology PhD student at LSU concentrating on child and adolescent psychology.
In her free time, Kristen enjoys watching NFL football and traveling.
Coping skills in relation to childhood trauma
Xinrui Jiang, MA, joined the SREC team in Spring 2019. She is working as a graduate assistant with Dr. Robison on the SPF-PFS project.
Jiang earned her BS in Psychology from East China Normal University and Colorado State University, and her MA in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University (LSU). She is currently a 4th year doctoral student in the Cognitive and Brain Sciences program at LSU working with Dr. Steven Greening in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Affect and Psychopathology Laboratory (CNAPs).
She spends most of her free time watching movies and anime.
Affect and cognition research; data analysis; MATLAB; Python.
Jonathan Lomotey, PhD, has over 17 years of experience in Social Research and Program Evaluation. His previous appointments include: Research Associate, Center for Urban Studies, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan; Executive Director, Novell Community Development Solutions, Kitchener, Ontario; Senior Researcher, Centre for Community Based Research, Kitchener, Ontario; and Part-Time Faculty, the Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, Kitchener, Ontario.
Jonathan earned his PhD in Social Work and his MA in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. He received his BA in Psychology from the University of Ghana.
In his free time, Jonathan enjoys watching sports and keeping up with current affairs. His favorite sports are basketball and football, and he is quickly becoming a fan of the LSU Tigers.
Program Evaluation; Program Development
Marmar Orooji, MSc, has been with SREC since 2015, as a database administrator, focusing on database development, management and integration, data cleaning and de-identification. She has co-authored SREC publications and developed project specific datasets. She works on projects in the areas of data analysis and report writing.
Marmar is a PhD candidate in Engineering Science (ES) with the concentration in Information Technology Engineering (ITE) and she has earned a MSc in this major from LSU.
Marmar is married and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and watching movies.
Database Development and Management, Data Analytics, Privacy Preserving Data Publishing
Aimee Moles, PhD, LCSW, practiced as a perinatal social worker for 25 years as well as teaching for the School of Social Work. She has been with SREC since 2015, providing GIS mapping services and grant development and writing. She has co-authored reports and publications for SREC community development grants as well as violence prevention efforts. She is currently involved in a coastal resilience grant as well as co-authoring research publications related to environmental health and post flood coping for social work students in Louisiana and Texas.
Aimee has an undergraduate degree in psychology from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a master’s degree in social work as well as a PhD in geography both from LSU.
Aimee is married and has three adult sons as well as several rescued pets. She likes to spend her free time cycling outdoors with her husband and friends.
GIS mapping of social and environmental concerns, perinatal issues, healthcare policy
Carolin Maney Purser, PhD, with SREC with March 2019. She is passionate about using rigorous research methods to assess and solve social and policy challenges. Carolin’s research interests include human rights, conflict studies, housing policy, and environmental policy.
Carolin has a social science and quantitative research background. She received her doctoral degree in political science and international affairs from University of Georgia in 2017. She completed her undergraduate degree from Colby College, with a double major in government and psychology and a minor in music.
In her free time, Carolin enjoys running, looking at beautiful data visualizations, and walking with her dog, Elia. She also appreciates sharing good food, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.
Quantitative Research Methods, Data Management, Project Management, Policy Research
Judith Rhodes, PhD, LMSW, is the current Director of the LSU Social Research and Evaluation Center. She uses her expertise in social work and education for program design, implementation, evaluation, and grant writing. Her work investigates the school-to-justice pathway through research in school social work, school-based interventions, and educational attainment youth placed at risk. She has lead US Department of Education funded interventions with particular emphasis on cross-sector collaboration.
After growing up as a displaced southerner in the Midwest, Judith returned earned an Arts & Sciences bachelor’s degree at LSU. After home educating her two children, she returned to LSU and completed a MSW in 2007 and a PhD in Social work in 2011. Judith now serves as an Associate Professor of Research at SREC with a focus on improving the lives of children, their families, and communities.
Judith is married to her best friend Danny. They enjoy traveling and love to garden, cook, and fly fish. In their 3rd decade of marriage, they dance Argentine Tango.
School social work, the school-justice pathway, dropout prevention, intervention research
Maddie Robison, PhD, has been with SREC since May 2017, after working in the LSU Graduate School for more than eight years. Her current job responsibilities include the overall management of SREC, assisting faculty and research associates in developing or pursuing independent evaluations, consulting services, and TA contracts with various community partners. Maddie is also actively participating in the organization of sponsored project proposals – grants and contracts.
Maddie has an international relations/political science background. She has earned a B.A in Political Science from the University of Bucharest, in Romania, an M.A. in Political Science from Indiana State University, and a PhD in Political Science from LSU in Baton Rouge.
Maddie is married and has two daughters and two geriatric dogs. In her free time, Maddie enjoys watching sports on TV, reading biographies of historical characters, and spending time with her girls outdoors.
Strategic Thinking, Planning, Meeting Facilitation, Project Management, Business Development, Personnel Management.
Sam Robison, PhD, has been with SREC since 2011. He is a program evaluator, quantitative researcher, and grant writer focusing on programs in the social, educational, health, and criminal justice settings. Dr. Robison’s research interests include intervention research, school and community prevention and early intervention, the life pathways of at-risk children, the political psychology of decision-makers, and conflict studies.
Sam received a PhD in political science with a concentration in international relations from LSU in 2010. He also received a Master of Arts in political science from LSU in 2005, and a BS degree in psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2002.
Sam is married and has two daughters and two dogs. He is a lifelong (and long-suffering) Saints fan. In his free time, Sam enjoys spending time with his daughters outdoors, running, and biking.
Program Evaluation, Quantitative Research Analysis, Database Manipulation, Project Management, Implementation.
Jada Thomas-Smith, MSW, LMSW, has been with SREC since 2006. 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.
Jada earned a BS in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Child, Family and Social Services from Nicholls State University and an MSW from LSU.
Jada is a passionate Saints fan and in her free time, she likes to keep up with current events.
Program Design, Program Management, Technical Assistance, Community Engagement, Child and Family Policies Analysis, Communications.
Jennifer Vasquez, MA, joined SREC in January 2019 and works as a graduate assistant with Dr. Rhodes on the Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education Project- funded by SAMSHA. Part of her duties include assisting with data collection tasks and providing professional development instruction in school districts. Prior to attending LSU, Jennifer worked at a neuropsychology clinic as an education coordinator and has had experience working as a special education classroom teacher.
Jennifer is currently a second-year doctoral student in the school psychology program. She received her undergraduate degree in environmental studies from Connecticut College and her Master of Arts from Columbia University-Teachers College in school/clinical psychology.
Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dog. She also enjoys travelling and being outdoors.
Culturally responsive school-based mental health.
Elizabeth Winchester, PhD, has been working as a Research Associate with SREC since 2001. She helped develop, implement and evaluate the Truancy Assessment and Service Centers for the state of Louisiana. Currently, she is part of the SREC team working on programs aimed at reducing group related violence in Baton Rouge, especially gun violence. Elizabeth is currently involved in a program evaluation and technical assistance project with Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund.
Elizabeth has a family science/family policy background. She has received all her degrees (B.S., M.S, and PhD) from LSU.
In her free time Elizabeth loves reading and spoiling her Goldendoodle Gus.
Database Manipulation, Data Analysis, Program Implementation, Strategic Partnerships, Planning, Family Policy.
Kristina Little, LCSW joined the LSU Social Research and Evaluation Center as a Research Associate in April 2019. She has over 8 years of experience working in a medical setting, specifically oncology. Her previous publications are related to Alzheimer’s caregivers.
Kristina earned a B.S. in Psychology from LSU in 2004, and a Master of Social Work from LSU in 2011.
Kristina enjoys reading, going on walks, spending time with her family, and rooting for the Tigers.
Medical Social Work, Gerontology Social Work, Program Evaluation