Samantha Teixeira, PhD, joined the faculty 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. She uses innovative, mixed methods with a focus on participatory approaches including community mapping, photography, and spatial analysis.
She has published on the topics of place-based 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 welfare and community development.
Dr. Teixeira is the recipient of prestigious awards including the Society for Social Work and Research Outstanding Dissertation Award (2015), and the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA) Emerging Scholar Award (2016). She is currently a member of the editorial boards of the Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal and the Journal of Community Practice.
Sprague-Martinez, L., Richards-Schuster, K., Teixeira, S., & Augsberger, A. (2018). The power of prevention and youth voice: A strategy for social work to ensure healthy development for youth. Social Work, 63(2), 135-143. https://doi.org/10.1093/sw/swx059
Kravitz-Wirtz, N., Teixeira, S., Hajat, A., Woo, B., Crowder, K., & Takeuchi, D. (2018). Early-life air pollution exposure, neighborhood poverty, and childhood asthma in the United States: 1990-2014. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15, p. 1114-1127.
Teixeira, S. (2018). Qualitative Geographic Information Systems (GIS): An untapped research approach for social work. Qualitative Social Work, 17(1), 9-23. doi: 10.1177/1473325016655203
Teixeira, S. & Gardner, R. (2017). Youth-led participatory photo mapping to understand urban environments. Children and Youth Services Review, 82, 246-253. https://doi-org.proxy.bc.edu/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.09.033
Teixeira, S. & Hash, K. (2017). Tweeting macro practice: Social media in the social work classroom. Journal of Social Work Education, 53(4), 751-758.
Teixeira, S. & Zuberi, A. (2016). Mapping the racial inequality in place: Using youth perceptions to identify unequal exposure to neighborhood environmental hazards. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(9), 844. doi:10.3390/ijerph13090844
Teixeira, S. & Sing, E. (2016). Reclaim Northside: An environmental justice approach to address vacant land in Pittsburgh. Family and Community Health. 39(3), 207-215. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000107
Teixeira, S. & Krings, A. (2015). Sustainable social work: An environmental justice framework for social work education. Social Work Education, 34(5), 513-527. doi: 10.1080/02615479.2015.1063601
Teixeira, S. (2015). “It seems like no one cares”: Participatory photo mapping to understand youth perspectives on property vacancy. Journal of Adolescent Research, 30(3), 390-414. doi:10.1177/0743558414547098
Teixeira, S. & Wallace, J.M. (2013). Data driven organizing: A community-university partnership to address vacant and abandoned property. Journal of Community Practice, 21, 248-262.
Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA) Emerging Scholar Award (2016)
Society for Social Work and Research Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award (2015)
Marie O. Weil Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Journal of Community Practice (2014)
International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI) Child-Well Being Scholar (2014)
Community Practice Award—University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work (2013)