Dr. Rodriguez is an assistant professor at the Silberman School of Social Work (SSW) at Hunter College (part of the City 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 holds a Master's in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. She was in the inaugural class of Summer Institutes in Computational Social Science (SICSS 2017) and has served as a site host for the last two years (Hunter SICSS 2018 and 2019). Dr. Rodriguez current work examines the ethical implications of algorithmic decision-making in human services. Her latest project involves critically examining the use of predictive analytics in child welfare by investigating machine learning modeling approaches to mitigate embedded biases of administrative risk assessment data.