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Sara Beeler, PhD, LCSW, MPA

Assistant Professor

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Building & Room:

ETMSW 4420

Office Phone:



Dr. Beeler is an addictions researcher looking at the intersection of substance use and criminal legal involvement; specifically, she is looking at facilitators of help seeking behavior to understand the different paths to health and wellness among individuals who use drugs/alcohol. Dr. Beeler’s 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
Drug and Alcohol Mis/use
Formerly/Incarcerated Populations
Service Utilization and Help Seeking Behavior
Health, Wellness, and Recovery

Teaching Experience:

SOCW 430: Practice I
SOCW 431: Practice II
SOCW 507: Practice IV SWJS
SOCW 505: Research Methods II SWJS

Selected Publications


Beeler, S. Gerrish, O.*, Grantham Aldred, B, & Asher BlackDeer, A. (2024). Histories of violence in substance use disorder treatment: A systematic mapping review. Frontiers in Psychiatry – Addictive Disorders. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2024.1307641

Asher BlackDeer, A., & Beeler, S. (2024). Decolonizing Big Data: Addressing Data Colonialism in Social Work’s Grand Challenges. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work.

Renn, T., Veeh, C., Beeler, S., & Moore, J. (2023). The Role of Executive Functioning on Alcohol and Illegal Substance Use among Formerly Incarcerated Adolescents. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal.

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.

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

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.

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\

Chou, J.L., Beeler-Stinn, S., Diamond, R.M., & Cooper-Sadlo, S. (2014). Heroin and Post-1. 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

Book Chapters

Beeler-Stinn, S., Asher BlackDeer, A., & Patterson Silver Wolf, D.A. (2022). Substance Use Disorders: Overview, Special Populations, and Treatment Considerations in Rapp-McCall, Social Workers’ Desk Reference, 4th Edition

Beeler-Stinn, S., Asher BlackDeer, A., & Patterson Silver Wolf, D.A. (2022).  Reducing harmful alcohol use: Integrating a screening and brief interventions into routine social work practice in Rapp-McCall, Social Workers’ Desk Reference, 4th Edition.


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