Faculty Profile for Dr. Raphael Travis Jr.

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Dr. Raphael Travis Jr.
Professor — School of Social Work
ENC 161
phone: (512) 245-3521

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Raphael Travis Jr., LCSW, is a Professor and MSW Program Director at Texas State University in the School of Social Work. His research, practice and consultancy work emphasizes healthy development over the life-course, resilience, and civic engagement. He also investigates creative arts, especially Hip-Hop culture, as a source of health and well-being for individuals and communities. He is author of the book “The Healing Power of Hip Hop.” His latest research, linking arts engagement and well-being, appears in a variety of academic journals and book chapters. Dr. Travis holds degrees from University of Virginia, University of Michigan, and University of California at Los Angeles.

The Collaborative Research for Education, Art, and Therapeutic Engagement (CREATE) Lab, at Texas State University (San Marcos, TX, USA) led by Dr. Travis, partners with researchers, educators, artists, and community-based organizations focused on better understanding the educational, health, and therapeutic benefits of music and art engagement. The CREATE Lab has multiple active research projects including studies that build upon the lab’s on-campus music studio. The studio, complete with professional quality music technology, hardware and software, makes constructing, recording, remixing, and other ways of engaging music possible. Research outcomes of interest are healthy development, empowerment, and reduced stress, anxiety, and depression.

Dr. Travis is also the founder and Director of FlowStory, PLLC. FlowStory promotes the empowering aspects of Hip Hop culture as a critical tool for learning, growth, and well-being across all ages, but especially with youth in family, education, therapy, afterschool, and summer program settings.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Travis, R., Rodwin, A., & Shimizu, R. (2023). A Systematic Review of Music-Based Interventions to Improve Treatment Engagement and Mental Health Outcomes for Adolescents and Young Adults. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 40, 537–566. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10560-022-00893-x
  • Travis, R. (2022). “Now we’re all family”: Exploring social and emotional development in a summer Hip Hop mixtape camp. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10560-022-00821-z
  • Travis, R. (2020). The Critical Cycle of Mixtape Creation: Reducing Stress via Three Different Group Counseling Styles. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 45(4), 307–330. https://doi.org/10.1080/01933922.2020.1826614
  • Travis, R. (2020). Using therapeutic beat making and lyrics for empowerment. Journal of Social Work, 21(3), 551–574. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468017320911346
  • Travis, R., Crooke, A. H. D., Gann, E., & Jenkins, S. (2019). Hip Hop, Empowerment, and Therapeutic Beat Making: Potential Solutions for Summer Learning Loss, Depression, and Anxiety in Youth. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 29(6), 744–765. https://doi.org/10.1080/10911359.2019.1607646

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Early Career Scholar (Academia/Research) Scholars Network on Black Masculinity, Dr. Alford Young, Jr., University of Michigan. 2010 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Excellence in Service Award, TXST College of Applied Arts. 2022 - 2023
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Excellence in Scholarly or Creative Activity Award, College of Applied Arts (Texas State University). August 2019 - 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Alpha Chi National College Honor Society Favorite Professor Award. 2012
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Afterschool Champion, Member At-Large (Award) Central Texas Afterschool Network. 2011

Selected Grants

  • Travis, Raphael (Principal). S.T.E.A.M. Education and Mental Health Research Project, Texas State University Library Research Grant, Texas State University, $2255. (Funded: January 2019 - Present). Grant.
  • Travis, Raphael. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Publication Support Award, $2970. (Funded: 2011). Grant.
  • Travis, Raphael. Texas State University Library Research Grant, $3000. (Funded: 2010). Grant.
  • Travis, Raphael. Texas State University Texas State University Library Research Grant, $3000. (Funded: 2007). Grant.
  • Travis, Raphael. Me and My Music Learning Community, Texas State University, $5000. (Submitted: 2022, Funded: 2022 - 2023). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

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Equity and Excellence in Education
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Journal of Youth Studies
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International Journal of Circumpolar Health
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Journal of Hip Hop Studies
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Journal of Community Psychology