Rhoda Smith
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, Calif., 2017
  • Master of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif., 1992
  • Bachelor of Science, California State University, Fullerton, Calif., 1987

Rhoda Smith's academic and professional experience includes the areas of mental health, psychiatric social work, forensic mental health, direct services in child welfare, training and administration, teaching, qualitative research, field-based education, and practice.

Research Interests

  • Pregnant and parenting teens 
  • Quality of life for foster youth 
  • Culturally sensitive child welfare services to families
  • Foster care and social worker preparation in child welfare

Courses Taught

  • Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
  • First and Second Year Field Seminar
  • Social Policy I & II

Certifications and Memberships

  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Society for Social Work Research
  • Healthy Teen Network