Samantha Francois

Samantha Francois
Tulane University | TU · School of Social Work

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Introduction
Samantha Francois, PhD is an Assistant Professor in Tulane University’s School of Social Work. Dr. Francois is also an executive director of Tulane's Violence Prevention Institute and co-director of the Center for Youth Equity, a CDC Center of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention. Her research uses systems perspectives and critical race theory to understand the intersections of individual, community, and structural factors that impact development in Black and African American youth.

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Publications (16)
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Background Inductive explorations of neighborhood safety are a notable gap in neighborhood effects research. Thus, the current study explores resident definitions of safety and safety threats in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Objective To reveal urban residents’ phenomenological conceptualizations of neighborhood safety and perceptions of...
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Abstract Background Behavioral alternative schools (BAS) serve students who are unsuccessful in traditional schools due to low academics and behavioral challenges. Objective The current study examined the impact of attending a BAS on student grades. Methods Study researchers used a pretest-posttest design with a random sample of 170 middle sc...
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Background Social-ecological models posit complex interactions between individuals and their environment. We examine associations between social and environmental factors, risk behaviors, and chlamydia positivity. Methods Black men aged 15–24 who have sex with women were enrolled in a community-venue based screening program for Chlamydia trachomat...
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When the phrase “Social workers cannot be racist” is used, there is not consideration of race, racism, and the detrimental effects of racism. This study includes an exploration of the extent to which social workers have been educated on racism-based trauma. Most participants did not have courses or training on the concept of racism-based trauma in...
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Community factors measure the interaction between individuals and both institutions and their neighborhoods. These factors have been shown to be associated with Ct, but the mechanisms are not well understood. We examined how risk behaviors like substance use, having multiple recent partners, and condomless sex are associated with Ct transmission.
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There is often a superficial veil that divides those willing to discuss the construct of race and those participating in racial ambivalence or color blindness. Talking about race, racism, and the traumatic effects of racism is a discussion that society is still learning how to navigate. This qualitative study, utilizing the narratives of 13 social...
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Abstract This roundtable discussion will bring together those who study community violence with special attention to children of color living in poverty. In the last twelve years since the 2005 Katrina disaster, there has been growth in the study of community violence and related trauma in New Orleans. The city is still recovering after the devasta...
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The study addresses how African American adolescents are resilient when exposed to discrimination. We examine racial identity as a buffer between cumulative stressful events and aggression attitudes in 285 adolescents (M = 15.41, SD = 1.38). Boys report more general beliefs about aggression than girls. Girls with low racial identity are more vulner...
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Background: Louisiana has one of the highest rates of overweight and obese children in the United States. The Healthy School Food Collaborative (HSFC) was created to allow New Orleans's schools to select their own healthy school Food Service Provider (FSP) with requirements for higher nutritional standards than traditional options. The goal of thi...
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The chapter reviews ecological theoretical perspectives of Urie Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory and Margaret Beale Spencer’s phenomenological variant of ecological systems theory. Similarities and differences for the theoretical models are presented. Finally, two empirical examples are used as illustrations with rural African American ad...
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Gulf Coast residents are increasingly vulnerable to both natural and man-made environmental disasters, like Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and the Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster in 2010. Louisiana coastal residents in particular have experienced threats to their health and well-being as a result of the devastation caused by these environm...
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While segregation in public schools was found unconstitutional in the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas case in 1954, many present day African American students still attend segregated schools. Within these de facto segregated schools, students meet challenges to educational achievement. In a sample of 160 African American students, the...
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The Primary Care Capacity Project (PCCP) of the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program aims to expand access to integrated high quality, sustainable, community-based primary care with linkages to specialty mental and behavioral health, and environmental and occupational health services in four Gulf States following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Thi...
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The school-to-prison pipeline (STPP)—disproportionately impacting students of color— involves a set of interactions between and among children, youth, their families, school personnel, other service providers, and gatekeepers to such outcomes as incarceration or college. Educators can, through their interactions with and expectations for students,...
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Adolescents who live in low-income neighborhoods face numerous unique challenges. Examining their resilience in multiple contexts sheds light on what contributes to the diverse outcomes of these youth. The current study examines how adolescents’ reports of structural and experiential neighborhood characteristics buffered the impact of exposure to c...

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To understand how Greater New Orleans residents, community-based stakeholders, and criminal justice system actors define safety and perceive public safety systems charged with ensuring public safety.