BA in Philosophy and Religion from Dillard University
Samuel Odom, PhD, LMSW, ACSW, joins the Tulane University School of Social Work as an Adjunct faculty member. Dr. Odom earned his PhD in Counseling from the Capella University Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, an MSW in Administration, Planning & Organizing/ Health & Mental Health from Southern University at New Orleans and a BA in Philosophy and Religion from Dillard University.
Dr. Odom is a 24-year veteran leader, clinician, and military social work scholar in the field of combat social work. He is the editor of the Military Behavioral Health: An International Journal of Research and Community Study. He is the CSWE Co-Chair for the Military Personnel and Veterans, First Responders, and Their Families and Communities Track. And he is National Co-Chair of the CSWESpecialized Practice Curricular Guide for Military Social Work.
Dr. Odom served one (1) year as President & CEO of the historic Dryades YMCA New Orleans, a 116-year-old institution.
Dr. Odom’s research interests are at the intersection of military social work, international military social work, US Army social work officers’ lived experiences, coping strategies, moral injury, mental health. His current research efforts are broad to include (a) the exploration of the military culture that leads to acceptance and integration of diverse groups and understanding and (b) ameliorating the effects of military trauma and stress, especially combat and deployment, on service members and family members. He is a member of the International Military Social Work Consortium Work Group and other national social work organizations designed to springboard his research interests.