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Sara Beeler, PhD, LCSW, MPA

Assistant Professor

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Building & Room:

4420 ETMSW

Office Phone:



Dr. Beeler is an addictions researcher focused on understanding the path to health and wellness among formerly incarcerated populations with substance use disorders. Her prior practice experience includes community engagement, individual and group work, performance and grant management, and leading organizational quality improvement initiatives.

Professional Interests:

Substance Use Disorders
Formerly/Incarcerated Populations
Service Utilization and Help Seeking Behavior
Health, Wellness, and Recovery

Teaching Experience:

SOCW 430: Practice I

Selected Publications


Beeler, S., Renn, T., & Pettus, C. “(2023) …he’s going to be facing the same things that he faced prior to being locked up”: perceptions of service needs for substance use disorders. Health & Justice.

Asher BlackDeer, A., Patterson Silver Wolf, D. A., Maguin, E., & Beeler-Stinn, S. (2021). Depression and Anxiety among College Students: Understanding the Impact on GPA and Differences in Gender and Ethnicity. Journal of American College Health, 9, 1-12. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2021.1920954

Patterson Silver Wolf, D. A., Dulmus, C. A., Wilder, G., Barczykowski, A., Yu, J., Beeler-Stinn, S., Asher BlackDeer, A., Rodriquez, N., & Harvey, S. (2021). Profiles and Predictors of Treatment-Resistant Opioid Use Disorder (TROUD): A Secondary Data Analysis of Treatment Episode Data Set’s 2017 Admissions. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly.

Patterson Silver Wolf, D. A., Asher BlackDeer, A., Beeler-Stinn, S., Zheng, K., & Stazrad, K. (2020). Performance-Based Practice: Clinical Dashboards for Addiction Treatment Retention. Research on Social Work Practice, 1-7. DOI: 10.1177/1049731520972798

Patterson Silver Wolf, D. A., Ramsey, A. T., Epstein, J., Beeler-Stinn, S., & Asher BlackDeer, A. (2020). Bridges to Sobriety: Testing the Feasibility and Acceptability of a Mobile App Designed to Supplement an Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Program. Clinical Social Work Journal, 1-8. doi: 10.1007/s10615-020-00765-w\

Howdershell, S., Veligati, S., Beeler-Stinn, S., Lingam, D., Allen, P., Chen, L., & Grucza, R. A. (2020). Changes in alcohol and tobacco consumption in response to medical and recreational cannabis legalization: Evidence from state tax receipt data. International Journal on Drug Policy, 75, 1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.10.011. PMID: 31739147

Chou, J.L., Cooper-Sadlo, S., Diamond, R., Muruthi, B. A., & Beeler-Stinn, S. (2019). An Examination of Mothers Successful Completion of Residential Substance Use Treatment. Family Process, x, 1-15. doi: 10.1111/famp.12501

Presnall, N., Patterson Silver Wolf, D. A., Brown, D., Beeler-Stinn, S., & Grucza, R. (2019). A comparison of buprenorphine and psychosocial treatment outcomes for opioid use disorder in specialty and office-based settings. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 10, 135-143.

Beeler-Stinn, S., Cheng, S. Y., Patterson Silver Wolf, D. A. (2018). A Case Study of a Network Analysis of Drug Use and Emergency Department Visits in St. Louis: Supporting a Quicker Rehabilitation. Journal of Life Care Planning, 16(2), 23-30.

Chou, J.L., Beeler-Stinn, S., Diamond, R. M., & Cooper-Sadlo, S. (2014). Heroin and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in a Women’s Treatment Facility: An Exploratory Study. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 26(3), p. 138-162. doi: 10.1080/08952833.2014.933696


BSW, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
MSW/MPA, Saint Louis University
PhD, Washington University, St. Louis

Professional Memberships

The Research Society on Alcoholism
The College on Problems of Drug Dependence
Society for Social Work and Research