Dr. J.R. Bullard-Batiste

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
Barbara Solomon School of Social Work
Master of Social Work (MSW)

Dr. J.R. Bullard-Batiste, DSW, LCSW-BACS received his Doctor of Social Work (DSW) degree from Walden University with a specialization in Family Studies and Intervention in 2020 and his Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree from Tulane University in 2013. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Board Approved Clinical Social Work Supervisor (LCSW-BACS) through the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners (LABSWE) and also is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) through the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, Social Work, MFT, Mental Health Board.

He works full time as the Professional Development Coordinator for the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) and has worked as a School Social Worker, Coordinator of Special Education Social Work Services, School Social Work Supervisor, and Trauma-Informed Schools' Specialist for many school districts within the greater New Orleans area over the past 15 years. Dr. Bullard-Batiste has worked to provide supervision to MSW Interns and LMSW supervisees working towards LCSW licensure for the past few years, and he also is a school district Trauma-Informed Schools Trainer of Trainers, working to train school staff and promote systems to develop and maintain an educational settings that are trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive in the way they educate students.

Dr. Bullard-Batiste is a Contributing Faculty Member in the Masters of Social Work degree program at Walden University. He has taught many classes including Vicarious Trauma; Crisis and Disaster Response; Couples and Family; Advanced Research; Advanced Practice with Children and Family Services; Trauma-Informed Practice: Neurobiology of Trauma; Skills Lab II; and Diversity, Human Rights, and Social Justice. In his spare time Dr. Bullard-Batiste also has a private practice where he provides individual, couples, and family therapy, as well, he is a Journal Reviewer for the Journal of Social Work in the Global Community. He is passionate about LGBTQIA2S+ issues, grief and trauma, PTSD, educating MSW students, and providing training on the importance of self-care.

He continuously strives to be a Teacher and a Student, never to be an “expert” because when we become “experts” we stop learning. His Motto: “If no one has told you yet today… Good morning! You belong here, you are appreciated, you are valued, thank you for being you! You Matter!”

Courses Taught

SOCW 6333 - Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue

SOCW 6337 - Trauma-Informed Practice: Neurobiology of Trauma

SOCW 6336 - Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster Response

SOCW 5456 - Social Work Pracitce with Couples and Family Systems

SOCW 6446 - Social Work Pracitce with Children and Adolescents

SOCW 6311 - Social Work Pracitce Research II (Advanced)

SOCW 6251 - Advanced Social Work Practice with Children and Family Services

SWLB 0652 - Social Work Skills Lab II

SOCW 6051 - Diversity, Human Rights, and Social Justice


DSW, Walden University

MSW, Tulane University

BA, Butler University