Stephen Tripodi

Stephen Tripodi
Doctoral Program Director, Associate Professor
University Center C2311
(850) 645-1572
Research Interests
Criminal Justice
Juvenile Justice
Mental Health & Substance Abuse
Prisoner Re-Entry
Substance Use & Abuse


  • Ph.D., 2007, The University of Texas; Social Work
  • M.S.S.W., 2000, The University of Texas; Social Work
  • B.A., 1997, Michigan State University; Psychology

Selected Peer Review Articles and Publications

Tripodi, S. J., Onifade, E., & Pettus-Davis, C. (2013). Non-fatal suicidal behavior among women prisoners: The predictive roles of childhood victimization, childhood neglect, and childhood positive support. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 1-18. doi:10.1177/0306624X12472879

Tripodi, S. J., & Pettus-Davis, C. (2013). Histories of childhood victimization and subsequent mental health problems, substance use, and sexual victimization for a sample of incarcerated women in the US. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 36, 30-40. doi:10.1016/j.ijlp.2012.11.005.

Kennedy, S.C., Tripodi, S.J., & Pettus-Davis, C. (2013). The relationship between child abuse and psychosis for women prisoners: Assessing the importance of frequency and type of victimization. Psychiatric Quarterly,1-15. doi: 10.1177/0306624X12472879.

Tripodi, S. J., & Bender, K. (2011). Substance abuse treatment for juvenile offenders: A review experimental and quasi-experimental research. Journal of Criminal Justice, 39, 246-252.

Tripodi, S. J., Bledsoe, S. E., Kim, J. S., & Bender, K. (2011). Effects for correctional-based programs for female inmates: A systematic review. Research on Social Work Practice, 21, 15-31.

Selected Grants

Tripodi, S. J. (Principal Investigator). Pilot Study of a Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Program for Incarcerated Women. Funded by Florida State University Council of Research and Creativity. Total award $13,000. 2014-2015.

Tripodi, S.J. (Principal Investigator).  Pathways to Recidivism among Women Prisoners with Histories of Victimization: Implications for Assessment, Transition Planning and Reentry. Advanced Center for Behavioral Health Services & Criminal Justice Research, National Institute of Mental Health Funded Project ($100,000). 2010-2012.

Tripodi, S.J. (Principal Investigator). End of Life Care for Florida Prisoners. Committee on Faculty Research Support, Florida State University, Council on Research and Creativity ($14,000). 2010.

Tripodi, S.J. (Principal Investigator). Attachment to Social Bonds and its Influence on Recidivism for Florida Offenders. Florida State University, Council on Research and Creativity ($16,000). 2008.