Natasha Mendoza, Ph.D., LMSW
Ph.D. The Ohio State University
MSW The University of Wyoming
B.S. Park University
A.S. Laramie County Community
Dr. Natasha Mendoza is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and Director of the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy at Arizona State University. Broadly, she is an expert in the treatment of substance use disorder. The foundation of Dr. Mendoza's scholarship is built on the premise that motivation to change alcohol and drug use behaviors is intrinsic and a function of interpersonal relationships, occurring within the context of culture and across multiple systems (e.g., criminal justice, child protective services). It is also true that intersecting identities (i.e., gender, ethnic, and sexual orientation), physical health and wellness are indelibly linked to behavioral health. Dr. Mendoza's work as a researcher and educator explores and elucidates the ways in which identity and wellness may be assets in recovery from substance use disorders or connected to risk factors associated with problematic use and treatment barriers across systems. Aside from research, Dr. Mendoza is actively engaged in preparing students to work with members of the LGBTQ community and build on the empirical foundation of social work with an emphasis on evidence-based treatment of substance use disorders.
I make the assumption that motivation to change substance use behaviors is both intrinsic and a function of interpersonal relationships, occurring within the context of culture and across multiple systems. Essentially, my scholarship is based on the premise that behavioral health is indelibly linked to identity (i.e., gender, ethnic, and sexual orientation) and the ecological systems in which identities develop. My research is aligned with my substantive interest areas and manifests in two major areas: 1) Factors associated with problematic substance use among individuals mandated to treatment via criminal justice and child protective service systems and 2) Factors associated with problematic substance use among individuals with intersecting identities of gender, race, and sexual orientation.
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