Raphael Travis

Keynote Speaker
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Raphael Travis’s research, practice and consultancy work emphasizes positive youth development over the life-course, resilience, and civic engagement. He also investigates music, especially Hip-Hop culture, as a source of health and well-being in people's lives. Dr. Travis is an Associate Professor and BSW Program Director at Texas State University in the School of Social Work. He is also Executive Director of FlowStory, PLLC, blending social work and public health expertise to guide applied research and health promotion strategies. FlowStory also promotes the empowering aspects of Hip Hop culture as a critical tool for growth in families, education, therapy, and afterschool and summer programs. Dr. Travis is the author of “The Healing Power of Hip Hop” and his latest research appears in a variety of peer-reviewed academic journals.