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Bates, Samantha, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Pronouns: She/Her


Curriculum Vitae

PhD - The Ohio State University, 2018 - Social Work
MSW - Louisiana State University, 2014 - Social Work
BS - Louisiana State University, 2012 - Psychology

Areas of Expertise
Equity-minded positive youth development
Sport-based social-emotional learning
School social work
School-based mental health

Areas of Interest for Mentoring PhD Students
Positive youth development
School social work
Mixed methods research
Experiential learning and pedagogy
Self-care and wellness for women in academia


Samantha Bates, PhD, LISW is a licensed independent social worker with more than seven years of experience working with socially vulnerable youth in various settings including schools, communities, afterschool programs, and sport. Her research focuses on equity-minded positive youth development and seeks to draw attention to patterns of inequity in youth outcomes. This work includes exploring how to leverage sport as a context for social-emotional learning, identifying evidence-based and culturally responsive mental health interventions, and examining how adults in youth-serving organizations become race-conscious and aware of the social and historical context of exclusionary practices in education.

Bates graduated with her doctorate from The Ohio State University (OSU), where she served as a social work supervisor in a local dropout recovery high school and led research for the Community and Youth Collaborative Institute (CAYCI; and the OSU LiFEsports Initiative ( She then went on to work as an Assistant Professor at Texas Christian University for three years before returning to OSU. Bates currently has authored or co-authored over 25 peer-reviewed publications, five book chapters, seven community-based evaluation reports, and over 50 national conference presentations. Her teaching experience includes the instruction of courses in areas such as positive youth development in sport, generalist social work practice, and school social work.