Tiffany Dukes

Tiffany Dukes

College of Health, Human Services and Nursing

Department of Social Work



Dr. Tiffany Dukes is a native of Los Angeles of Afro-Caribbean decent via Jamaica. Dr. Dukes is a double Trojan and former athlete at USC and earned her doctorate from the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Dr. Dukes research centered on implicit bias within the child welfare system. Her current work focuses on racial disproportionality and disparity of African American children within systems and implementing programs to combat disparities.

For nearly two decades, Dr. Dukes has dedicated her research and knowledge to improving the outcomes of African American children and families and exploring the effects implicit biases and a lack of cultural humility have on assessment, service delivery and ultimately disproportional and disparate outcomes.

Dr. Dukes has partnered with community organizations to create partnerships to uplift African American Black male youth, examine data around father involvement, paternal relative engagement, and restorative justice. Dr. Dukes is presently a California Conference for Equity and Justice (CCEJ) Illume: Restorative Culture shift Institute Fellow. Dr. Dukes is currently co-leading a diversion program that provides “at risk” African American male youths with support and opportunities to realize their potential and address bias in systems.  Dr. Dukes is committed to transforming systems and institutions that are rooted in racism and discriminatory practices that continue to harm and cause deleterious outcomes for Black communities.