Bret Blackmon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Bret Blackmon joined the faculty of the USM School of Social Work in August, 2014. His research interests include juvenile justice policies, early intervention programs for at-risk youth, and truancy interventions. He is interested in developing and evaluating programs that serve at-risk youth in south Mississippi.


Blackmon’s work history includes several years of employment in social services. Most recently, he worked for the Office of Social Service Research and Development at Louisiana State University where he assisted in program development, evaluation, and grant writing. He also served as the Acting Director for the Louisiana Center Addressing Substance Use in Collegiate Communities where he led a statewide coalition of higher education institutions in addressing substance abuse on college campuses.

Blackmon’s micro-level work has consisted of multi systemic therapy, mental health counseling, and substance abuse counseling. His experience also includes working with individuals with severe physical disabilities to help them maintain their independence in the community.  


Blackmon received his Ph.D. from the School of Social Work at Louisiana State University in 2014. He also received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2004) and Masters of Arts in Community Counseling (2009) from Louisiana State University.


In his leisure time, Blackmon enjoys fishing the marshes of south Louisiana.