Lucio, Robert

Title: Associate Professor

Department:  MSW Program

Phone: 352-588-8252



  • B.A. Sociology, University of Florida
  • M.S.W Florida State University
  • Ph.D. Social Work, University of South Florida


Dr. Lucio is a licensed clinical social worker, with over 18 years of experience working directly with youth “at-risk” of adverse behavioral, academic, and mental health outcomes.   Dr. Lucio is experienced at developing models of risk and protective factors in youth, providing trainings on cultural competence, and serving as a national panelist looking at the impact of ethnicity and ethnicity and cultural diversity on the educational outcomes for youth with disabilities for the U.S. Department of Education. 

His focus is on how risk and protective factors interact to affect child, youth and family cognitive, social, and emotional development.  Findings of his work demonstrated that many of the same risk and protective factors have an impact on the mental health of children in school settings, child development, maternal and child health, and adolescent pregnancy, making the investigation of these factors crucial to the development of interventions to alleviate these concerns. 

Community Affiliation:

  • Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education
  • National Associate of Social Workers 

Teaching & Professional Interests:
Dr. Lucio has taught at the Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral level, including courses on Research, Theory, Practice, Cultural competence, Child Development, and Family/Community Violence.  His research interests include Risk and Protective Factors in Family, Child, and Youth Development, Cultural and Linguistic Competence, School Social Work, Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting, and the use of data in making evidence informed decisions. Dr. Lucio has also consulted with local school districts to enhance social workers use of evidence informed interventions, and has been actively involved school mental health.  


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