LaTrica Rhynes-Hicks, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Social Work

Dr. LaTrica Rhynes-Hicks began teaching Gerontology courses in Eastfield’s Social Work program in 2002 and has taught courses including Introduction to Gerontology, Aging and Mental Health, Psychology of Aging and a Special Topics course designed to better understand the aging population. She has held several managerial positions with the city of Dallas in its Senior Services division, where she was integral to its program construction and management. She currently works as the geriatric educator manager for the Department of Geriatrics with Parkland Health Systems.

She holds a doctorate in gerontology from the University of North Texas, a master’s degree in gerontology from Baylor University, a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Her background in gerontology, the study of old age and the process of aging, includes experience in elder abuse, mental health, senior centers, older adult program design, grandparents raising grandchildren, family mediation and case management.

Dr. Rhynes-Hicks has assisted in program planning with the National Council on Aging in Washington, D.C., and with the city of Dallas, and has written and managed grants providing intervention assistance in cases of elder abuse and was awarded grants from the Victims of Crime Act and North Texas Nurse Practitioner Grant for Fall Prevention Initiative. She has served on advisory committees for organizations such the Senior Companion Advisory Committee, the Elder Abuse Coalition and the Mental Health Association. She received the Excellence in Teaching Award for adjunct faculty from Eastfield College in 2007.