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.


Curriculum Vitae

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Current courses being taught

  • Consultation and Supervision
  • Systems and the Life Course
  • Integrative Seminar
  • Methods of Social Work Research
  • Administrative Research and Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership Theory and Practice in Social Work


Professional/conference presentations made within the past year  


Blackmon, B. & Ball, A. (2015, October). The impact of a school-based truancy intervention on    youths’ juvenile justice involvement. Poster Presentation at the Council on Social Work  Education Conference, Denver, CO.

Blackmon, B., Guin, C., & Baker, A. (2015, January). Examining pathways to death row: Turning points and the role of the educational system. Presentation at the American  Association of School Social Workers Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Robison, S., Rhodes, J., & Blackmon, B. (2015, January). Predictors of school dropout, juvenile    delinquency, and adult criminality in a southern U.S. state. Presentation at the Society for  Social Work and Research Conference, New Orleans, LA.



Blackmon, B., Beasley, E. & Howard, L. (2015, October). Social entrepreneurship in the social  work curriculum: Instructor and student perspectives. Presentation at the Alabama/Mississippi Social Work Education Conference, Hattiesburg, MS.

Lee, J., Blackmon, B. & Rehner, T. (2015, October). The long-term response to and recovery  from disasters: The role of individual and community resilience. Presentation at the Alabama/Mississippi Social Work Education Conference, Hattiesburg, MS.


Professional publications within the last year

Blackmon, B., Cain, D., & Livermore, M. (2015). Juvenile court dispositions in the Deep South: Examining the concept of justice by geography. Journal of Social Sciences, 11(2), 82-90.  Doi: 10.3844/jsssp.2015.82.90

Blackmon, B. & Cain, D. (In Press). Case manager perspectives on the effectiveness of a truancy intervention. School Social Work Journal.

Guin, C. C., Rhodes, J. L. F., Daly, C., Duhe, D., Dinecola, C., Robison, S. B., & Blackmon, B.   (2015).  The role of education in preventing the development of delinquency and adult  criminality.  Report of the Reentry and Committee Team 4, Education and Reentry Subcommittees for The Louisiana Sentencing Commission. Baton Rouge, LA: LSU  College of Human Sciences and Education, Office of Social Service Research and Development.


Community Projects

Applied Research: Co-facilitated the Adaptation and Resilience Initiative of the MS Gulf Coast in March, 2015.