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Michelle-Ann Rhoden Neita

Assistant Professor

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers



Dr. Rhoden Neita is a licensed clinical social worker, registered play therapist and certified trauma therapy provider. She has extensive practice experience providing clinical and administrative supervision to clinicians and therapeutic services to children, youth and families involved in the child welfare system.

Professional Interests:
Educational and health outcomes of youth involved in the child welfare and justice systems
Trauma-informed care for youth and young adults with adverse childhood experiences
Biomarkers for psychological trauma
Community reintegration programs in faith-based settings

Teaching Experience:
SocW 430 Practice I: Generalist Practice with Individuals and Organizations

Selected Publications

Rhoden, M. A., Macgowan, M. J., & Huang, H. (2019). A systematic review of psychological trauma interventions for juvenile offenders. Research on Social Work Practice, 29 (8), 892-909. doi:

Huang, H., Fernandez, S. B, Rhoden, M. A., & Joseph, R. (2019). Mental disorder, service utilization, and GPA: Studying mental health of former child welfare and youth experiencing homelessness in a campus support program. Families in Society. doi:

Huang, H., Fernandez, S., Rhoden, M. A., & Joseph, R. (2019). Elements of a college support program that matter: A case study. Research on Social Work Practice, 29 (8), 949-960. doi:

Huang, H., Fernandez, S., Rhoden, M. A., & Joseph, R. (2018). Serving former foster youth and homeless students in college. Journal of Social Service Research, 44 (2), 209-222. doi: doi/org/10.1080/01488376.2018.1441096

Huang, H., Ryan, J.P., & Rhoden, M. A. (2016). Foster care, geographic neighborhood change, and the risk of delinquency. Children and Youth Services Review, 65, 32-41. doi:

Book Chapter

Huang, H., Rhoden, M .A., Ryan, J.P. (2017). Group Homes. In Elizabeth Bulls (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Juvenile Delinquency and Justice. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Press. doi:

Other Publications

Huang, H., & Rhoden, M.A. (2017). The effectiveness of service integration: Studying the Crossover Youth Practice Model.

Dennis Hall, L., & Rhoden Neita, M.A. (2018). CARE 4 grief: Grief support manual. Center for Advancement Restoration and Empowerment Inc.


BSc, University of the West Indies, Mona
MSW, Barry University
PhD, Florida International University

Professional Memberships

International Association for Social Work with Groups
Association for Play Therapy
Council on Social Work Education
National Association of Social Workers
Center for Advancement Restoration and Empowerment, Inc., Chair

Research Currently in Progress

Principal Investigator, Evaluation of Mental Health Program in Schools, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Chicago