Stephen Tripodi, PhD, MSSW
Dr. Stephen Tripodi is the Doctoral Program Director and an Associate Professor in the Florida State University College of Social Work, and Associate Director of Research and Training for the Institute for Justice Research and Development. He earned a BS in psychology from Michigan State University and an MSW from The University of Texas at Austin before counseling adolescents with substance use disorders involved in the juvenile justice system. Dr. Tripodi then earned a PhD from The University of Texas at Austin in which he wrote a dissertation on the complex relationships between social bonds and recidivism for a sample of 350 men released from Texas prisons. Since being a professor at Florida State University, his three primary research projects as Principal Investigator have involved women in prison. Specifically, one project analyzed the relationships between frequency of childhood trauma, mental health problems, substance use disorders, and recidivism for incarcerated women while two other projects were randomized controlled trials assessing the effectiveness of trauma-informed care interventions. Dr. Tripodi teaches research methods and social work in criminal justice settings for both undergraduate and graduate students.