Faculty Directory

Samantha Teixeira

Associate Professor


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.


2021-2026: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) (Principal Investigator: $3,030,584) Targeting Health Disparities through Housing Redevelopment: A Natural Experiment of Housing Quality, Stability, and Economic Integration. (NIH/NIMHD 1R01MD015729-01A1). Multi-method natural experiment of public housing redevelopment to address whether improving housing quality, limiting external displacement, and creating mixed-income communities improves physical, mental, and behavioral health. Principal Investigators: Samantha Teixeira, Rebekah Levine Coley

Russell Sage Foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Co-P.I.: $25,916). "Moving Communities to Opportunity: Exploring Public Housing Redevelopment as a Strategy for Addressing Structural Barriers to Economic Mobility." Principal Investigators: Samantha Teixeira and Rebekah Levine Coley

Selected Appointments and Awards

Society for Social Work and Research Fellow (2021)

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)