Missy Malone, PhD, LMSW

Professor of Practice

Elk Place, Room 232
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Dr. Missy Malone has both her PhD in Social Work and her MSW from Louisiana State University. She also has a BSW from Grambling State University and a BA in French Language from Louisiana Tech University.


Prior to obtaining her PhD, Dr. Malone worked as a Geriatric Behavioral Health Social Worker in Southwest Louisiana and as a Mental Health Social Worker at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Her research interests include: the aging process among prisoners, dementia and other cognitive disorders among older prisoners, mental health issues among older prisoners, and federal and state policies regarding smart and effective decarceration.

Areas of Expertise

  • Aging
  • Justice and Corrections
  • Medical Social Work


  • PhD in Social Work from Louisiana State University
  • MSW from Louisiana State University
  • BSW from Grambling State University
  • BA in French Studies from Louisiana Tech University

Selected Publications

  • Jaggers, J.W., Tomek, S., Hooper, L., Malone, M.T., & Church, W. (2017). Delinquency, anger, & parental warmth: An analysis of minority youth living in extreme poverty. Child Welfare; Arlington, 95, 29-61.
  • Malone, M.T. (2017). The influence of social support and mental illness on punishment for rule violations among male prisoners (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from Open Access Theses and Dissertations.
  • Mitchell-Williams, M. T., Skipper, A., Alexander, M. C., & Wilks, S. (2015). Reference list errors in social work journals: A follow up analysis. Research on Social Work Practice, 25, 1-5. DOI: 10.1177/1049731515578536

Community Involvement

  • Thensted Outreach Center, grant writing, 2010
  • CASA St Landry, CASA Volunteer, 2010 - 2011
  • Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, Research 2013
  • Organizational Relief Committee Member, 2014 - 2016
  • Louisiana Children’s Trust Grant Reviewer, 2016