Dr. Trisha Rhodes is an Assistant Professor. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and her B.S. in Criminal Justice from Washburn University.
Rhodes’ research interests include policing strategies, police culture, police recruitment/hiring, and juvenile delinquency. Her research primarily examines school resource officer (SRO) roles, identities, approaches to policing, and relationships with citizens in schools. Rhodes has also investigated police organizational trends related to recruitment, hiring, training of police recruits, and job satisfaction. Her studies on juvenile delinquency have tested control theories, including predictors of college student binge drinking. Rhodes’ work is published in academic journals and technical reports, such as Police Quarterly, Justice Quarterly, and Journal of Criminal Justice.
Rhodes has taught in-person and online courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Courses have covered policing, research methods, criminological theory, and juvenile delinquency. She has also served as an invited guest speaker at local events.
In addition to research and teaching, Rhodes values close partnerships with community organizations. She has previously held positions at the Nebraska Center for Justice Research and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and she recently served as an evaluator for the Richmond Police Department and the Juvenile Justice Institute at the University of Nebraska. Rhodes is currently working with the Little Rock Police Department (LRPD) on multiple grant-funded projects. She serves on the advisory board for a police body-worn camera initiative at LRPD, and she is evaluating the crime prevention efforts of the LRPD Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC). Specifically, she is assessing how the CGIC is using technology (e.g., gunshot detection devices and a national ballistics tracking system) to reduce violent gun crimes in the Little Rock metropolitan region. Further, Rhodes is one of the faculty advisors for the Arkansas State Police Cold Case Unit.