Dr. Rodriguez is an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo, part of the State University of New York.
She is the founding director of the SSW caretLAB, one of the first labs within a United States school of social work to be devoted to the use of computational social science research methods in the public interest. Dr. Rodriguez earned her PhD in Social Welfare at the University of Washington, as well as a certificate in Demographic Methods from the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE). She was in the inaugural class of Summer Institutes in Computational Social Science (SICSS 2017) and has served as a site host for two years (Hunter SICSS 2018 and 2019). Dr. Rodriguez' current work examines the ethical implications of algorithmic decision-making in human services. She is currently working on a book critically examining the use of predictive analytics in human service provision by investigating federal and state policies governing its use. Dr. Rodriguez is also keenly interested in assessing disinformation in BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities, with the aim of developing scalable platform-based interventions.