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Educational Background

University of California, Berkeley, Social Welfare, 2001 PhD

University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health 1998 MPH

California State University, Long Beach, Social Work 1993 M.S.W.

California State University, Los Angeles, Social Work 1985 B.A.

Teaching Experience

Professor, San Jose State University, School of Social Work, 2012-

Associate Professor, San Jose State University, School of Social Work, 2007-2012

Assistant Professor, San Jose State University, School of Social Work, 2001-2007

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles

Alison Cerezo, Roberta E. Emetu, David B. Rivera, Isaiah J. Jones, et al.. "Examining pandemic stress and mental health among a community-based sample of sexual minority women in Los Angeles County" Psychology and Sexuality (2023)

Drabble, L.A., Mericle, A.A., Munroe, C., Cerezo, A., Karriker-Jaffe, K.J., Hughes, T.L., Trocki, K.F., (2022). Examining the differential protective effects of women’s spirituality and religiosity on alcohol and marijuana use by sexual identity. Addictive Behaviors Reports.

Moctezuma García, S. Raquel Ramos, Lisa Aponte-Soto, Tiarney D. Ritchwood, et al.. "“Family before Anyone Else”: A Qualitative Study on Family, Marginalization, and HIV among Hispanic or Latino/a/x Mexican Sexual Minority Males" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Vol. 19 Iss. 15 (2022)

Karriker-Jaffe, K.J., Drabble, L.A., Li, L., Munroe, C., Mericle, A.A., Trocki, K.F., Hughes, T.L. (2022). Comparing substance use outcomes by sexual identity among women: Differences using propensity score methods. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 238, Article 109567.

Drabble, L.A., Munroe, C. Mericle, A.A., Zollweg, S., Trocki, K.F., Karriker-Jaffe, K.J. (2022). Impact of the policy environment on substance use among sexual minority women. Drug and Alcohol Dependence Reports,

Jeremy D. Kidd, Margaret M. Paschen-Wolff, Amy A. Mericle, Billy A. Caceres, et al.. "A scoping review of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use treatment interventions for sexual and gender minority populations" Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment Vol. 133 (2022)

Elena D. Dimova, Lawrie Elliott, Jamie Frankis, Laurie Drabble, et al.. "Alcohol interventions for LGBTQ+ adults: A systematic review" Drug and Alcohol Review Vol. 41 Iss. 1 (2022) p. 43 - 53

Deirdre Middleton, Laurie A. Drabble, Deborah Krug, Katherine J. Karriker-Jaffe, et al.. "Challenges of Virtual RDS for Recruitment of Sexual Minority Women for a Behavioral Health Study" Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology (2021)

Drabble, L.A., Mericle, A.A., Munroe, C., Wootton, A.R., Trocki, K.F., Hughes, T.L. (2022). Examining perceived effects of same-sex marriage legalization among sexual minority women: Identifying demographic differences and factors related to alcohol use disorder, depression, and self-perceived health. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 19, 1285-1299.

Drabble, L.A., Mericle, A.A., Munroe, C., Wootton, A.R., Trocki, K.F., Hughes, T.L. (2021). Measuring the impact of legal recognition of same-sex marriage among sexual minority women. GLBT Family Studies, 17(4), 371-392.

Drabble, L. A., Wootton, A. R., Veldhuis, C. B., Riggle, E. D. B., Rostosky, S., Lannutti, P. J., Balsam, K. F., Hughes, T. L. (2021) Perceived psychosocial impacts of legalized same-sex marriage: A scoping review of sexual minority adults’ experiences. PLOS ONE, 16(5), Article number e0249125. PMCID: PMC8101749

Riggle, E. D. B., Drabble, L.A., Matthews, A.K., Veldhuis, C.B., Nisi, R.A., Hughes, T.L. (2020) First comes marriage, then comes the election: Macro-level event impacts on African- American, Latina/x and White sexual minority women. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 18, 112–126.

Karriker-Jaffe, K.J., Drabble, L.A., Trocki, K.F., Hughes, T.L., Greenfield, T.K. (2021). Harm from others’ drinking among sexual minority adults in the United States. LGBT Health, 8(1), 50–59.

Drabble, L.A., Mericle, A.A, Karriker-Jaffe, K.J. Trocki, K.F. (2021). Harmful drinking, tobacco, and marijuana use in the 2000-2015 National Alcohol Surveys: Examining differential trends by sexual identity. Substance Abuse, 43(3), 317-328.

Drabble, L.A., & Eliason, M.J. (2021) Introduction to special issue: Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on LGBTQ+ health and well-being. Journal of Homosexuality, 68(4), 545-559.

Bochicchio, L. A., Drabble, L. A., Riggle, E. D. B., Munroe, C., Wootton, A. R., & Hughes, T. L. (2021). Understanding alcohol and marijuana use among sexual minority women during the COVID-19 pandemic: A descriptive phenomenological study. Journal of Homosexuality, 68(4), 631-646.

Riggle, E.D.B., Drabble, L.A., Bochicchio, L.A., Wootton, A.R., Veldhuis, C.B., Munroe, C., Hughes,T.L. (2021). Experiences of the COVID-19 Pandemic Among African American, Latinx, and White Sexual Minority Women: A Descriptive Phenomenological Study. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 8(2), 145-158. PMCID: PMC8570582

Drabble, L.A., Mericle, A.A., Gomez, W., Klinger, J.L., Trocki, K.F., Karriker-Jaffe, K.J. (2021). Differential effects of state policy environments on substance use by sexual identity: Findings from the 2000-2015 National Alcohol Survey. Annals of LGBTQ Public and Population Health, 2(1), 53-74. PMCID: PMC8356226

Cindy B. Veldhuis, Tonda L. Hughes, Laurie A. Drabble, Sharon C. Wilsnack, et al.. "Do relationships provide the same levels of protection against heavy drinking for lesbian and bisexual women? An intersectional approach" Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Vol. 7 Iss. 3 (2020) p. 337 - 352

Hughes, T., Veldhuis, C.B., Drabble, L.A., Wilsnack, S.C. (2020). Research on Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Use among Sexual Minority Women: A Global Scoping Review. PLOS ONE,15(3),

Deborah J. Bolding, Vivian Rodriguez, Helen Nguyen and Laurie A. Drabble. "Survey of Occupational Therapy Students' Attitudes, Knowledge and Preparedness for Treating LGBT Clients" Journal of Occupational Therapy Education Vol. 4 Iss. 2 (2020)

Drabble, L.A., Wootton, A.R., Veldhuis, C.B., Perry, Ellen, Riggle, E., Trocki, K.F., Hughes, T.L. (2020) It's complicated: The impact of marriage legalization among sexual minority women and gender diverse individuals in the United States. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity 7(4), 396–406.

Trocki, K.F., Mericle, A.A., Drabble, L.A., Klinger, J.L., Veldhuis, C.B., Hughes, T.L., Karriker-Jaffe, K.J. (2020). Investigating differential protective effects of marriage on substance use by sexual identity status. The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research, 8(2), 69-80. PMCID: PMC7837608.

Drabble, L. A., Veldhuis, C. B., Wootton, A. R., Riggle, E.D.B., Hughes, T. L. (2019). Mapping the landscape of support and safety among sexual minority women and gender non-conforming individuals: Perceptions after the 2016 election. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 16, 488-500.

Wootton, A. R., Drabble, L. A., Riggle, E.D.B., Veldhuis, C. B., L. A., Bitcon, C., Trocki, K. F., Hughes, T. L. (2019). Impacts of marriage legalization on the experiences of sexual minority women in work and community contexts. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 15(3): 211-234.

Mericle, A.A., de Guzman, R., Hemberg, J., Yette, E., Drabble, L. Trocki, K. (2019) Delivering LGBT-sensitive substance use treatment to sexual minority women. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 30 (4), 393-408.

Veldhuis, C.B., Hughes, T.L., Drabble, L., Wilsnack, S.C., Riggle, E.D.B., & Rostosky, S.S. (2019) Relationship status and drinking-related outcomes in a community sample of lesbian and bisexual women. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36(1), 244-268.

Drabble, L. A., Trocki, K. F., Salcedo, B, Morales, Bo. R., & Korcha, R.A. (2018) Strengths and coping strategies in the life narratives of sexual minority women. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 30(4), 409-429. DOI: 10.1080/10538720.2018.

Drabble, L.A., Trocki, K.F., Korcha, R. A., Klinger, J. L., Veldhuis, C.B., Hughes, T. L. (2018). Comparing substance use and mental health outcomes among sexual minority and heterosexual women in probability and non-probability samples. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 185, 285-292.

Veldhuis, C.B., Drabble, L., Riggle, E.D.B., Wootton, A.R., Hughes, T.L. (2018) “I fear for my safety, but would like to show bravery for others”: Violence and discrimination concerns among transgender gender non-conforming individuals after the 2016 presidential election. Violence and Gender (5)1, 26-36.

Riggle, E. D. B., Rostosky, S. S., Drabble, L. Veldhuis, C. B., & Hughes, T. L. (2018): Sexual minority women's and gender-diverse individuals' hope and empowerment responses to the 2016 presidential election. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 14(1-2), 152-173.

Drabble, L., Veldhuis, C. B., Riley, B. B., Rostosky, S., Hughes, T. L. (2018). Relationship of religiosity and spirituality to hazardous drinking, drug use, and depression among sexual minority women. Journal of Homosexuality, 65 (13), 1734-1757.

Riggle, Ellen D.B., Drabble, Laurie, Veldhuis, Cindy B., Wootton, Angie, Hughes, T.L. (2018) The impact of marriage equality on sexual minority women's relationships with family of origin. Journal of Homosexuality, 65(9), 1190-1206. Special Issue on LGBTQ Family.

Veldhuis, C.B., Drabble, L., Riggle, E.D.B., Wootton, A.R., Hughes, T.L. (2018). "We won't go back into the closet now without one hell of a fight": Effects of the 2016 presidential election on sexual minority women's and gender minorities' stigma-related concerns. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 15 (1), 12-24.

Thomas, S., Treffers, R., Berglas, N.F., Drabble, L., and Roberts, S.C.M. (2018) Drug Use during pregnancy policies in the United States from 1970-2016. Contemporary Drug Problems, 45(4), 441-459.

Roberts, S.C.M. Thomas, S. Treffers, R., & Drabble, L. (2017). Forty years of state alcohol and pregnancy policies in the U.S.: best practices for public health or efforts to restrict women’s reproductive autonomy. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 52(6), 715-721.

Paul A. Gilbert, Laurie A. Drabble, Jason Daniel Ulloa and Karen F. Trocki. "Alcohol Outcomes by Sexual Orientation and Race/Ethnicity: Findings of Higher, Lower, and Equivalent Risk" Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs Vol. 78 Iss. 3 (2017) p. 406 - 414.

Drabble, L. A., Cohen, E., Nguyen, H.T., Faires, D., Tran, T., Ngo, P. T. A. (2017) Partnering with educational leaders to advance social work education in Vietnam. Whaneke: The Pacific Journal of Community Development, 3(2), 8-19.

Drabble, L. Trocki, K.F., Klinger, J.L. (2016) Religiosity as a protective factor for hazardous drinking and drug use among sexual minority women: Findings from the National Alcohol Survey. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 161, 127-124.

Drabble, L., Haun, L., Kushin, H., Cohen, E. (2016). Measuring client satisfaction and engagement: The role of a Mentor Parent Program in Family Drug Treatment Court. Juvenile & Family Court Journal, 61(1), 19-32.

Drabble, L., Trocki, K.F., Salcedo, B, Walker, P.C., Korcha, R.A. (2016). Conducting qualitative interviews by telephone: Lessons learned from a qualitative study of alcohol use among sexual minority women. Qualitative Social Work, 15(1), 118-133.

Meekyung Han, Diana Nguyen, Edward Cohen, Laurie A. Drabble, et al.. "Exploring the Transferability of Competency-Based Education Model to Social Work Education in Vietnam" Social Work Education Vol. 35 Iss. 6 (2016) p. 659 - 671

Paul A. Gilbert, Karen F. Trocki and Laurie A. Drabble. "Regular Presex Drinking: The Importance of Considering Sexual Orientation" American Journal of Public Health Vol. 105 Iss. 12 (2015) p. e1 - e1

Alice M Hines, Edward Cohen, Hoa T Nguyen, Laurie Drabble, et al.. "Improving Social Work Education in Vietnam Through International Cooperation: The ‘Social Work Education Enhancement Program’" Social Work Education: The International Journal Vol. 34 Iss. 6 (2015) p. 716 - 728

Drabble, L.A., Thomas, S., O'Connor, L., Roberts, S.C.M. (2014). State responses to Alcohol Use and Pregnancy: Findings from the Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS). Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 14(2), 191-206.

Drabble, Laurie & Herd, Denise. (2014). Strategies Employed by Inner-City Activists to Reduce Alcohol-Related Problems and Advance Social Justice, Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 13:4, 362-384

Drabble, L., Lemon-Osterling, K, D’Andrade, A., Donoviel, B, & Le, J. (2013). Child Welfare Partnership for Research and Training: A Title IV-E university/community collaborative research model. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 7(4), 411-429.

Drabble, L., & Trocki, K. (2014). Alcohol in the life narratives of women: Commonalities and differences by sexual orientation. Addiction Research and Theory, 22(3), 186-194.

K. F. Trocki, L. O. Michalak and Laurie A Drabble. "Lines in the sand: Social representations of substance use boundaries in life narratives" Journal of Drug Issues Vol. 43 Iss. 2 (2013) p. 198 - 215

Drabble, L., Trocki, K. R., Hughes, T. L., Korcha, R. A., Lown, A. E. (2013). Sexual orientation differences in the relationship between victimization and hazardous drinking among women in the National Alcohol Survey. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Drabble, L., Jones, S., & Brown, V. (2013). Advancing Trauma-Informed Systems Change in a Family Drug Treatment Court Context. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 13(1), 91-113.

Drabble, L, Sen, S., Oppenheimer, S.Y. (2012). Integrating a transcultural perspective into the social work curriculum: A description and exploratory study. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 32(2), 204-221.

Laurie A Drabble and Michele J. Eliason. "Substance Use Disorders Treatment for Sexual Minority Women" Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling Vol. 6 Iss. 4 (2012) p. 274 - 292 ISSN: 1553-8605

Drabble, L., & Eliason, Michele J. (2012) Sexual Minority Women and Treatment for Substance Use Disorders: A Review of Literature. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 6(4),274-292.

Drabble, Laurie (2011) Advancing Collaborative Practice Between Substance Abuse Treatment and Child Welfare Fields: What Helps and Hinders the Process? Administration in Social Work , 35(1), 88-106.

Drabble, L. & Poole, N. (2011). Collaboration between addiction treatment and child welfare: Challenges and opportunities in a Canadian context. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 11, 124-149.

Drabble, L, Poole, N., Magri, R., Tumwesiguy, N.M., Qing, L., Plant, M. (2011). Conceiving risk, divergent Responses: Perspectives on the evolution of the construction of FASD in six countries. Substance Use and Misuse, 46(8), 943-958.

M. Condit, K. Kitaji, Laurie A Drabble and K. Trocki. "Sexual Minority Women and Alcohol: Intersections between drinking, relational contexts, stress, and coping" Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services Vol. 23 Iss. 3 (2011) p. 351 - 375

Trocki, K., Drabble, L., & Midanik, L.T. (2009) Tobacco, marijuana use and sensation-seeking: Comparisons across gay, lesbian, bisexual and heterosexual groups. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 23(4), 620-631.

Trocki, K. & Drabble, L. (2008). Bar patronage and motivational predictors of drinking in the San Francisco bay area: Gender and sexual identity differences. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 40 (SARC Supplement 5), 345-356.

A M Hines, P A Lee, K L Osterling and Laurie A Drabble. "Factors predicting family reunification for African American, Latino, Asian and white families in the child welfare system" Journal of Child and Family Studies Vol. 16 Iss. 2 (2007) p. 275 - 289 ISSN: 1573-2843

Drabble, L. (2007). Pathways to collaboration: Exploring values and collaborative practice between child welfare and substance abuse treatment fields. Child Maltreatment, 12(1), 31-42.

Midanik, L.T., Drabble, L., & Trocki, K, Sell, R. (2006). Sexual orientation and alcohol use: Identity versus behavior measures. Journal of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Research, 3(1), 25-35.

Laurie A Drabble and K Trocki. "Alcohol consumption, alcohol-related problems, and other substance use among lesbian and bisexual women." Journal of Lesbian Studies Vol. 9 Iss. 3 (2005)

Drabble, L., Midanik, L. T., & Trocki, K. (2005). Reports of alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems among homosexual, bisexual and heterosexual respondents: Results from the 2000 National Alcohol Survey. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 66, 111-120.

Trocki, K, Drabble, L., & Midanik, L. T. (2005). Use of heavier drinking contexts among heterosexuals, homosexuals and bisexuals: Results from a national household probability survey. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 66, 105-110.

Laurie A Drabble, J. Keatley and G. Marcelle. "Progress and opportunities in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health communications" Journal of Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs Vol. 20 Iss. 2 (2003)

Laurie A Drabble. "Alcohol tobacco and pharmaceutical industry funding: Considerations for organizations serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities." Journal of Lesbian and Gay Social Services Vol. 11 Iss. 1 (2000)

Laurie A Drabble. "Training providers: Working with lesbian clients." Prevention Pipeline Vol. 12 Iss. 5 (1999)

B Grossman and Laurie A Drabble. "What addiction professionals need to know about welfare reform and child welfare." Prevention Pipeline Vol. 12 Iss. 2 (1999)

Laurie A Drabble. "Elements of Effective Services for Women in Recovery" Journal of Chemical Dependency Treatment Vol. 6 Iss. (1/2 ) (1996)

Book Chapters/Other Publications

Laurie A. Drabble and Joan Epstein. "Prescription Drug Use and Misuse Among Women: California Women’s Health Survey, 2008-2009" (2012)

Laurie A. Drabble, Kathy Lemon Osterling, Marty Tweed and Carole Pearce. "Pathways to Collaboration Factors That Help and Hinder Collaboration Between Substance Abuse and Child Welfare Fields" (2008)

Laurie A Drabble. "Alcohol Consumption Among Adult Women: Findings from the California Women’s Health Survey, 1997 – 2002." Women’s Health: Findings from the California Women’s Health Survey, 1997-2003. Sacramento, CA (2006) p. 3-1 - 3-6

Laurie A. Drabble, Marty Tweed, Kathy Lemon Osterling, Lisa Navarrette, et al.. "Pathways to Collaboration: Understanding the Role of Values and System-Related Factors in Collaboration Between Child Welfare and Substance Abuse Treatment Fields" (2006)

Alice M Hines, Peter Allen Lee, Laurie A. Drabble, Kathy Lemon Osterling, et al.. "An Evaluation of Factors Related to the Disproportionate Representation of Children of Color in Santa Clara County’s Child Welfare System: Child Welfare Practices and Ethnic/Racial Disproportionality in the Child Welfare System" (2003)

Alice M Hines, Peter Allen Lee, Laurie A. Drabble, Lonnie R. Snowden, et al.. "An Evaluation of Factors Related to the Disproportionate Representation of Children of Color in Santa Clara County’s Child Welfare System: Child and Family Characteristics and Pathways Through the System Phase 2" (2002)

Laurie A. Drabble. "Advancing Gay and Lesbian Health: A Report from the Gay and Lesbian Health Roundtable" (2000)

Mardi Louisell and Laurie A. Drabble. "Resource Notebook for Training on Substance Abuse in Child Welfare" (1997)

NOTE: See attached CV for additional papers and presentations

Personal Commentary

Dr. Laurie Drabble, PhD, MSW, MPH is a Professor in the School of Social Work and Director of the Center for Applied Research in Human Services Faculty at San José State University, College of Health and Human Sciences. She is also an Affiliate Scientist with the Alcohol Research Group in Emeryville, CA and, in this role, has coordinated a team of researchers and consultants in conducting pioneering research on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use among sexual minority populations using data from the National Alcohol Survey (NAS). She and her team have conducted qualitative and epidemiological research on mediators and moderators of alcohol and drug problems among sexual minority women (SMW), examined strategies for oversampling SMW, and documented the impact of policies on substance use and health outcomes among SMW. In addition to her NIH funded research. Dr. Drabble has a strong background in community-engaged research, partnering with state and local organizations.

Dr. Drabble also has extensive experience in advancing prevention and treatment services for women and sexual minority women through advocacy, leadership development, and training with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and grassroots community groups. Past roles included serving as Executive Director of the California Women’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Dependencies; Chair of the Women’s Health Council, California Department of Health Services; and consultant/co-facilitator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender workgroup. She has mentored new leaders both within the university and for state and national leadership programs, including the Women’s Addiction Services Leadership Institute (WASLI) Program (SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment), the national Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Developing Leadership in Reducing Substance Abuse (DLRSA) program, and the California Women's Leadership Project. She also coordinated the leadership development component of an ambitious 2.5-million-dollar USAID project designed to develop social work education and the field of social work in Vietnam.



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