Dr. Raphael Travis Jr., LCSW is a professor and researcher in the School of Social Work at Texas State University – San Marcos. Inside the classroom, Dr. Travis focuses on preparing the next generation of social work professionals to embody positive change across settings. Outside the classroom, Dr. Travis’ empowerment-based positive youth development (EMPYD) research blends public health and social work. He helps translate principles of youth development research to actual strategies for improving health and well-being, resilience and youth civic engagement. For example, recent trends in S.T.E.M. promotion appear to capitalize on important tenets of positive youth development. Music, specifically Hip-Hop culture and rap music, is another environmental factor he investigates for its influence on youth and community development.
He is an active member of the Austin/Travis County Ready by 21 Coalition, a member of the United Way Capital Area Youth Council, and a board member of the Texas Partnership for Out-of-School Time.
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