Assistant Professor, Health & Mental Health
Samantha Teixeira, PhD, joined the faculty at the School of Social Work in 2015. Her research focuses on how neighborhood environmental conditions affect youth and how youth can be engaged in creating solutions to environmental problems in their communities. In order to better address neighborhood environmental disparities, Dr. Teixeira utilizes a community based participatory research approach to identify community environmental issues and learn how they shape life in disadvantaged neighborhoods, particularly among youth. In her work, she uses innovative, mixed methods approaches including photography, community mapping, in-depth interviews, and spatial analysis to uncover the perspectives of neighborhood residents and intervene in community problems.
She has published on the topics of place-based, comprehensive community interventions that address neighborhood environmental disparities, youth-led participatory research, and environmental justice interventions and education. Samantha’s diverse practice experience includes work in child protective services, community organizing and development, and local government initiatives.
Dr. Teixeira’s research has led to several prestigious awards including the University of Pittsburgh Community Practice Award, the Marie Weil Award for the best article in the Journal of Community Practice (2013-2014) and the Society for Social Work and Research Outstanding Dissertation Award (2014-2015). Dr. Teixeira is currently a member of the editorial board of the Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.