Dr. Evans is a licensed master social worker with a background that includes working with youth at risk in Oklahoma and Texas high schools, alternative high schools, and middle schools. In those spaces, her interventions focused on providing students with mentorship, opportunities for cultivating socio-emotional awareness, life coaching, and professional development.
Dr. Evans has taught learners at the BSW and MSW level in online and in-person settings for courses across the curriculum. She is an expert in course development, and her course instruction spans research methods, policy, child welfare, violence in families, LGBTQ topics, HBSE, program evaluations, diversity, macro social work, field seminar, and introduction to social work.
BSW University of Oklahoma
MSW University of Oklahoma
Ph.D. University of Texas at Arlington
Primary Research Interests:
Dr. Evans research interest includes a qualitative focus on narratives that relate to LGBTQIA2S topics as it relates to identities, intersectionality, and coming out experiences. Additionally, her work highlights mindfulness and self-care practices for social work students with a strength’s perspective.
Viverette, A., Hawley-Bernardez, A., & Evans, R. (2023). Social Work Students use of Adapted Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction as a Stress Management Strategy. Journal of Social Work Education and Practice, 8(3).
Evans, R., Denysschen, I. (2022) Effects of IPV in the LGBTQ+ Community: A Systematic Review. In Queering Criminology in Theory and Praxis: Re-Imaging Justice in the Criminal Legal System and Beyond. Bristol University Press.
Evans, R., Nagoshi, J., Nagoshi, C., Wheeler, J., & Henderson, J. (2017) Voices of the stories untold: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer college students’ experiences with campus climate. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services. 29 (4), 426-444, DOI: 10.1080/10538720.2018.1378144
Cronley, C., & Evans, R. (2017). Studies of resilience among youth experiencing homelessness: A systematic review. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 27(4), 291-310.
Hobbies: When Dr. Evans is not teaching or working on research, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones, namjooning, enjoying milk tea, and going to concerts with her partner and friends.