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Stephanie Elias SarabiaAssociate Professor of Social Work

Year Joined RCNJ: 2012

Contact Information

Education:

  • Ph.D., New York University
  • M.S.W., New York University
  • B.A., New Jersey City University

Convening Group:

  • Social Work
  • Co-Convener of Minor in Substance Use Disorders

Courses Offered:

  • Introduction to Substance Use Disorders
  • Counseling Substance Use Disorders I
  • Counseling Substance Use Disorders II
  • Case Management for Substance Use Disorders
  • Social Work Theory and Practice I (BSW & MSW)
  • Social Work Theory and Practice II (BSW & MSW)
  • Advanced Seminar Addressing Substance Use Disorders
  • Portugal Study Abroad: Addressing Substance Use Disorders

Teaching Interest:

  • Social Work Practice and Addictions from a Social Justice Perspective
  • International experiential learning

Research Interest:

  • Midlife Women and Substance Abuse
  • Ethnicity and Substance Abuse
  • Baby Boomers and Substance Abuse
  • Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Approaching Addiction from a Social Justice Perspective

Scholarship:

Peer Reviewed Publications:

Sarabia, S. E., & Healy, E. (under review). Impact of Adult Roles on Maturing Out of Substance Use Among Sexually Diverse Women. Journal of Mental Health in Social Work

Sarabia, S. E., & McGovern, J. (2018). Improving social work student competence in practice with older adults affected by substance misuse: Spotlight on the Bronx. Urban Social Work, 2(1), 1-14.

Sarabia, S. E., & Martin, J. I. (2016). Are Baby Boomer women unique? The moderating effect of birth cohort on age in substance use patterns during midlife. Journal of Women & Aging, 28(2)

Sarabia, S. E. (2016). Teaching students to critique their substance abuse biases and embrace scientific learning. Addiction Educator

Sarabia, S. E. (2015). Social workers and brief interventions: A research-informed approach to changing views on marijuana. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 15(3), 337-340.

Klein, E., & Sarabia, S. E. (2014). Co-Occurring Disorders: Clinical, program, and policy considerations. Addiction, Recovery & Aftercare, 1, 35-53.

Sarabia, S. E., & Martin, J. I. (2013). Aging effects on substance use among midlife women: The moderating influence of race and substance. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 13(4), 417-435.

Invited Publications:

McGovern, J., & Sarabia, S. E. (2018). Substance abuse among older adults: Context, assessment, treatment. In T. McMillan & A. Sisselman (Eds.). Treatment, Education, and Outreach for Mental Health and Addiction – New Directions. New York: Springer.

Sarabia, S. E. (2017). Approaching co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders from a social justice perspective. In J. Rosenberg & S. Rosenberg (Eds.), Community Mental Health (3rd edition). New York: Routledge.

Shibusawa, T. & Sarabia, S. E. (2015). Social work practice with older adults with substance/alcohol abuse problems. In D. B. Kaplan & B. Berkman (Eds.), The Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging (2nd Edition (pp. 397-406) New York: Oxford University Press.

Sarabia, S. E. (2014). Drug and alcohol screening. In Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, Inc.

Pape, P. A., & Sarabia, S. E. (2013). Assessment and treatment of women with substance use disorders. In S.L.S. Straussner (Ed.), Clinical Practice with Substance Abusing Clients (3rd edition) (pp. 442-465). New York: Guilford Press.

Sarabia, S. E. (2013). Cultural considerations of Huntington’s disease. In Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness.  Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, Inc.

Peer Reviewed Presentations:

McTighe, J. P., & Sarabia, S. E. (November, 2018). Narrative perspectives on substance use, stigma, and justice: Policy and Practice Implications. Paper session at the APM of the Council on Social Work Education, Orlando, Florida.

Ray, K., & Sarabia, S. E. (2018). Lessons learned from Portugal’s policy of decriminalization: Barriers and benefits for the United States. Paper session presented at The 50th Annual Addiction Institute for the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, New York, New York

Hyppolite, M., & Sarabia, S. E. (October, 2017). Engaging High Risk Athletes in Effective Social Norms Media AOD Prevention Project. Paper session at the APM of the Council on Social Work Education, Dallas, Texas.

Hyppolite, M., & Sarabia, S. E. (November, 2016). Applying Multiple Risk Models and SBIRT to Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders. Paper session at the APM of the Council on Social Work Education, Atlanta, Georgia

Sarabia, S. E., & Hyppolite, M. (June, 2016). Applying Multiple Risk Models and SBIRT to Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders. Paper session presented at The 48th Annual Addiction Institute for the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, New York, New York

Sarabia, S. E., & Hyppolite, M. (October, 2015). Evolving Parent Perceptions of Marijuana Use from Resignation and Indifference to Disapproval. Paper session at the APM of the Council on Social Work Education, Denver, Colorado

Sarabia, S. E. (October, 2015). Creating Meaningful Learning Experience in Substance Abuse Courses. Paper session at the NAADAC: The Association for Addiction Professionals National Conference, Washington, D.C.

Sarabia, S. E., & Hyppolite, M. (June, 2015). Everybody is Not doing it: Evolving Parent Perceptions of Marijuana Use from Acceptance and Indifference to Disapproval. Paper session presented at The 47th Annual Addiction Institute for the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, New York, New York

Sarabia, S. E. (October, 2014). Creating Meaningful Learning Experience in Social Work Electives. Paper session at the APM of the Council on Social Work Education, Tampa, Florida

Sarabia, S. E. (June, 2014). Start where the learner is at: A social work approach to helping addiction professionals in recovery embrace evidence-based practice. Paper session presented at The 46th Annual Addiction Institute for the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, New York, New York

Sarabia, S. E., & Martin, J. I. (November, 2013). Aging Out among Substance-Using Midlife Women: Racial/Ethnic and Substance Differences. Paper session at the APM of the Council on Social Work Education, Dallas, Texas 

Sarabia, S. E. (October, 2013) Creating challenging learners: Helping students evaluate their substance abuse biases/myths and becoming open to scientific learning. Paper session at the NAADAC: The Association for Addiction Professionals National Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Klein, E., & Sarabia, S. E. (June, 2013). The Social Work Role in the Provision of Integrated Treatment for Dually Diagnosed Clients Identified through Evidenced Based Practice and Policy Advocacy. Paper session presented at The 45th Annual Addiction Institute for the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, New York, New York

Sarabia, S. E., & Klein, E. (June, 2013). Substance Abuse Prevention from a Community Perspective: An Evidenced Based Approach. Paper session presented at The 45th Annual Addiction Institute for the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, New York, New York

Klein, E., & Sarabia, S. E. (May, 2013). How to Provide Effective Care to Individuals Dually Diagnosed with a Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Disorder. Paper session presented at the 24th Annual Institute for the Network for Social Work Management, Newark, New Jersey

Sarabia, S. E. (November, 2008). Older Women and Substance Abuse. Paper session presented at the APM of Council on Social Work Education, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Invited Presentations:

Sarabia, S. E., & Ray, K. (September, 2018). Portugal’s experiment and experience: The decriminalization of illicit drug use. Drugs and Society Seminar at Columbia University. New York, New York

Sarabia, S. E. (March, 2018). Current approaches to drugs in the United States: Policy and Practice. Universidade Nova De Liboa, Lisbon, Portugual.

Sarabia, S. E., De George, T., & McGuire, J. (April, 2013). Coming Together: An Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Prevention Project. Ramapo College of New Jersey, School of Social Science and Human Services, Mahwah, New Jersey

Work in Progress:

Sarabia, S. E., & Ray, K. (under review). Social Justice Lessons from Portugal’s Policy of Decriminalization of Drugs: A Roadmap for Advocacy. Advances in Social Work, Promoting Social Change:  Policy Advocacy, Research and Innovation in Social Work.

 

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