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Michelle-Ann Rhoden Neita

Assistant Professor

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Building & Room:

ETMSW 4416


1040 West Harrison Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607

Office Phone:




Dr. Rhoden Neita is a licensed clinical social worker, registered play therapist and certified trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapist. 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. Her research agenda focuses on addressing youth violence using trauma-informed care and strengths-based/resilience-building interventions.

Professional Interests

Youth violence
Community violence
Childhood trauma/adversity
Racial trauma in Black youth
Strengths-based and faith-based interventions for youth violence
Resilience and recovery in helping professionals
Biomarkers for psychological trauma

Teaching Experience

SocW 430 Practice I: Generalist Practice with Individuals and Organizations
SocW 431 Practice II: Generalist Practice with Families, Groups, and Communities
SocW 503 Family Practice in Urban Communities
SocW 565 Research with Children and Families

Selected Publications


Rhoden-Neita, M.-A., Strickland, J., Riffer, A., Moreno, D. (2023). Community violence intervention in African American communities: Resilience and coping among outreach workers. Journal of Social Service Research, 49 (5), 530-545.

Rhoden-Neita, M.-A., Huang, H., & Fava, N. (2023). The effects of childhood adversity and self-regulation on the well-being of adults with delinquency histories: A mediation model. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work

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, 101 (1), 54-70.

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.

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. https://

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. https://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.

Book Chapter

Huang, H., Rhoden, M.-A., Ryan, J.P. (2017). Group homes. In Elizabeth Bulls (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Juvenile Delinquency and Justice. Wiley Press.

Other Publications

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

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



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

Professional Memberships

International Association for Social Work with Groups
Society for Social Work and Research
Council on Social Work Education
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Association for Play Therapy, board member of the Illinois branch
Center for Advancement Restoration and Empowerment, Inc., board member

Research Currently in Progress

Principal Investigator - "The Effects of Street Outreach on the Mental Health of African Americans at Risk of Violence." Funded by UIC's Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) Chicago Pilot Project through an award from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.