Degrees & Programs

Bates, Samantha

PhD Candidate

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests
School social work
Educational disparities
Underrepresented youth
Positive youth development
Family-school-community partnerships
Social work and sport


Samantha Bates is a doctoral candidate and licensed social worker with five years of experience working with at-risk youth in various social settings, including schools, communities, after-school programs and sport. Her research aims to understand the protective assets and mechanisms that maximize the opportunities youth have to develop into healthy young adults. Bates has served as a lead researcher for the Community and Youth Collaborative Institute (CAYCI) and the OSU LiFEsports Initiative. Her dissertation is titled “Exploration of the Role of Cultural Norms on Student Risk and Protective Factors for School Dropout.” It examines how matches and mismatches in the perceptions of cultural norms toward education, as reported from students and teachers, influence student risk and protective factors for dropout/retention. Bates currently has five peer-reviewed publications, three book chapters, five evaluation reports and over 17 national conference presentations. Her teaching experience includes the instruction of courses in areas such as positive youth development and generalist social work practice. Bates is currently serving on the SSWR Doctoral Student Taskforce. She is the recipient of the 2017 Ohio State College of Social Work Selma and Alexander Erlen Endowment Award, OSU Outstanding Graduate/Professional Student Award and The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. Bates is expected to graduate in May 2018