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.
Dr. Rhodes’ research concentrations include policing and juvenile delinquency. Rhodes’ work has explored school resource officer experiences and job-based perceptions, patrol officer activities, and student substance abuse. Rhodes is particularly interested in how police officers transition into school settings, including how they navigate the sometimes conflicting goals of education and law enforcement. Her research agenda primarily examines SRO roles, identities, and relationships with citizens in schools, though Rhodes’ is involved on numerous co-authored projects. Current projects focus on the work experiences of police officers, such as gender differences in how patrol officers perceive work roles, job satisfaction, and changes in the number of police applicants following the 2014 Ferguson, MO shooting. Rhodes has also co-authored a paper testing the stability of low self-control among a national sample of youth, which is currently under review. Rhodes’ work has been published in academic journals and technical reports, including Police Quarterly, the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, and the International Journal of Police Science and Management.
Rhodes has taught in-person and online courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Courses have covered introductory policing topics, police administration, research methods, and juvenile delinquency. She has also served as an invited guest speaker at local events, including a symposium on educational law hosted in Richmond, VA.
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. She currently serves as the Principal Investigator on a COPS Office funded evaluation of the Richmond Police Department Law Enforcement Intervention Focusing on Education (LIFE) diversion program. Rhodes continues to collaborate with local agencies in the Little Rock area and currently serves as a board member of the Juvenile Coalition of Pulaski County (JCPC).