Trisha N. Rhodes

Trisha Rhodes

Assistant professor

Scherer Hall, Room 315 Phone: (804) 828-9922 Email:


  • Policing in schools
  • Policing strategies
  • Police culture


B.S., Criminal Justice, Washburn University
M.A., Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska-Omaha
Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska-Omaha


Introduction to policing, policing theories and practice, police administration, research methods, juvenile justice

Research interests

Policing in schools, policing strategies, police-citizen relations, police culture, juvenile delinquency, gender differences


Dr. Rhodes’ research concentrations include policing and juvenile delinquency. Specifically, Rhodes’ previous work has explored school resource officer experiences and job-based perceptions, patrol officer activities and student substance abuse. Rhodes is particularly interested in how police officers transition into school settings, including how they navigate the sometimes conflicting goals of education and law enforcement. Her future research will continue to examine SRO roles, identities and relationships with citizens in schools. Rhodes’ work has been published in academic journals and technical reports. She has also worked closely with community organizations through positions held at the Nebraska Center for Justice Research and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and she continues to collaborate with local agencies in the Richmond area.

Selected publications

Rhodes, T. N. (2015). Police officers and school settings: Examining the influence of the school environment on officer roles and job satisfaction. Police Quarterly18(2), 134-162.

Clinkinbeard, S. S., Rhodes, T. N. (2014). Propensity, social ties, and heavy drinking among college students. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 23(6), 362-374.

Rhodes, T. N., Clinkinbeard, S. S. (2013). College students and binge drinking: Examining the relationship between control and intention on behavior. Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice, 9(1), 24-44.

Johnson, R. R., Rhodes, T. N. (2009). Urban and small town comparison of citizen demand for police services. International Journal of Police Science and Management, 11(1), 27-38