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Natasha Mendoza

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Associate Professor & Director, Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy (CABHP)
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3920
Director and Assoc Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3920
Center Director & Associate Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3920
Biography

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.

Education
  • Ph.D. Social work, The Ohio State University 2009
  • M.S.W. University of Wyoming 2003
  • B.S. Social Psychology, Park University, MO 2000
Research Interests
  1. Conventional and novel treatment of substance use disorders (SUDs) with a focus on the biopsychosocial experience of women, individuals with intersecting identities (e.g., gender, ethnic, and sexual orientation), and individuals mandated to treatment (e.g., via criminal justice, child welfare systems), and
  2. Intervention research methodology
Publications
  • Holley, L., Mendoza, N. S., Del-Collie, M., & *Bernard, M. Racism, heterosexism, and mental illness discrimination: Experiences of people with mental illnesses and their families. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services (2016).
  • Mendoza, N. S., Resko, S. M., Wohlert, B., & *White, A. "We have to help each other heal" Becoming a professional peer support. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment (2016).
  • Messing, J.T., Mendoza, N. S., & Campbell, J. Alcohol use and latent profiles of intimate partner violence. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, (2016).
  • Linley, J. V., Mendoza, N. S., & Resko, S. Working on treatment teams: Educating social work students to function as addiction specialists within interdisciplinary groups. Substance Use in Social Work Education and Training: Preparing for and Supporting Practice (2016).
  • *Harner, V. & Mendoza, N.S. The Unmet Social Support and Behavioral Health Needs of Gender/Sexual Minority Youth and Young Adults in Phoenix. 13th Annual Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Phoenix, AZ (2016).
  • *Janich, N. K., Mendoza, N. S., Shafer, M. S., & Rivera, R. Child welfare and the treatment of substance use disorders: A preliminary analysis of predictors of treatment completion and family reunification. Society for Social Work Research. Washington, D. C (2016).
  • Mendoza, N. S., Cimino, A. N., & * Thomas, D. Examining the relationship between psychological functioning, trauma history, and perceived coercion among drug court enrollees. Society for Social Work Research. Washington, D. C (2016).
  • Mendoza, N. S., Killian, M., & Cimino, A. N. Women and community re-entry: Examining trauma and readiness to change with latent profile analysis. Society for Social Work Research. Washington, D. C (2016).
  • Mendoza, N. S., Teater, B, & McLaughlin, H. Workload of social work academics and factors that contribute to time spent on research. Council on Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting, Atlanta, GA (2016).
  • *Conrow, L., Aldstadt, J., & Mendoza, N. S. A Spatio-temporal analysis of on-premises alcohol outlets and violent crime events in Buffalo, NY. Journal of Applied Geography (2015).
  • *Kiehne, E. & Mendoza, N. S. Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Food Insecurity: Prevalence, Impact, Risk Factors, and Coping Strategies. Social Work in Public Health (2015).
  • Cimino, A., Mendoza, N. S., *Thieleman, K., Shively, R., & Kunz, K. Women re-entering the community: Understanding addiction and trauma-related characteristics of recidivism. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment (2015).
  • Mendoza, N. S., *Harner, V., *Haseley, H., & Leedy, G. Self-perceptions of lesbians and heterosexual women living in rural environments. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services (2015).
  • Mendoza, N. S., *Perry, M. J., Derrick, J.L., Nochajski, T. H., & Farrell, M. G. Comparing the effect of two types of social support on changes in problematic alcohol use among offenders beginning drug court. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions (2015).
  • Mendoza, N. S., Rose, P., Lanier, P., *You, A., & Duncan, D. F. Psychotropic drug prescription and youths in psychiatric residential treatment: Examining patterns over time. Society for Social Work Research (2015).
  • Resko, S. M., Brown, S., Mendoza, N. S., *West, S., & Gonzales-Prendes, A. Perceived treatment needs among women with co-occurring substance use disorders and PTSD. Society for Social Work Research (2015).
  • *Linley, J. V., Mendoza, N. S., & Resko, S. Working on treatment teams: Educating social work students to function as addiction specialists within interdisciplinary groups. Journal of Social Work Education (2014).
  • Mendoza, N. S. Social services and child well-being among CPS-involved families. Journal of Social Service Research (2014).
  • Mendoza, N. S., *Conrow, L.* Baldwin, A., & *Booth, J. Using GIS to describe risk and neighborhood-level factors associated with substance abuse treatment outcomes. Journal of Community Psychology (2013).
  • Mendoza, N.S., *Linley, J. V., Nochajski, T. H., & Farrell. M. G. Attrition in drug court research: Participant characteristics and recommendations for follow-up. Journal of Forensic Social Work, 3(1) (2013).
  • Mendoza, N.S., Trinidad, J., Nochajski, T. H., & Farrell. M. G. The effect of symptoms of depression on successful drug court completion. Community Mental Health Journal (2013).
  • . . Review of: Caring for Abused and Neglected Children: Making the Right Decisions for Reunification or Long-Term care (2013).
  • . . Review of: Social Work Practice in the Addictions (2013).
  • Mendoza, N. S. Family structure, substance use, and CPS involvement: Evaluating child outcomes and services. Caregiver Substance Use and Child Trauma (2013).
  • *Baldwin, A. & Mendoza, N. S. Exploring the relationships between demographics, emotional exhaustion, and depersonalization among substance abuse counselors. Research Society on Alcoholism, Annual Conference. Orlando, FL (2013).
  • *Baldwin, A. & Mendoza, N. S. Psychological distress among substance abuse counselors. Research Society on Alcoholism, Annual Conference. Orlando, FL (2013).
  • Mendoza, N. S. & Broussard, A. R. Risk and substance use disorders among sexual minorities: Conceptualizing a queer-informed system of clinical care. TERROS 9th Annual Cesar Chavez Behavioral Health Conference. Phoenix, AZ (2013).
  • Mendoza, N. S. & Cash, S. J. Risk assessment and ongoing involvement with child protective services. Society for Social Work and Research. San Diego, CA (2013).
  • Mendoza, N. S., Connors, G. J., Nochajski, T. H., & Farrell, M. G. Perceived coercion and readiness to change among drug court enrollees. The 11th Annual SIRC Research Conference. Phoenix, AZ (2013).
  • Vail Cruz, J. & Mendoza, N. S. Focusing on Internal Strengths to Change Community Norms Around Alcohol. Conference- Let’s Get Better Together: A Quality Look at Behavioral Healthcare in Arizona. Tucson, AZ (2013).
  • Mendoza, N. S., *Bonta, K., *Horn, P., *Moore, E., *Gibson, A., & *Simmons, D. (PUSH) ing limits: Using fiction in the HBSE classroom. Journal of Teaching in Social Work (2012).
  • Mendoza, N. S., Walitzer, K. S., & Connors, G. J. Use of treatment strategies in a moderated drinking program for women. Addictive Behaviros (2012).
  • Resko, S. & Mendoza, N. Treatment Retention among women diagnosed with PTSD. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions (2012).
  • (2012) *Conrow, L. & Mendoza, N. S. (2012) Risk assessment with GIS: Examining neighborhood-level factors associated with substance abuse treatment outcomes. Society for Social Work and Research. Washington, DC (2012).
  • *Perry, M. J., Derrick, J.L., Mendoza, N. M., Nochajski, T. H., & Farrell, M. G. Comparing the effect of two types of social support on changes in problematic alcohol use among offenders beginning drug court. Research Society on Alcoholism, Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA (2012).
  • Hesselbrock, M. N., Higuchi, S., Bucholz, K, Hesselbrock, V. M., & Mendoza, N. S. Gender differences in the course and outcomes of alcohol use disorder. Research Society on Alcoholism, Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA (2012).
  • Mendoza, N. S. Child protective services, single mothers, and substance misuse. Research Society on Alcoholism, Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA (2012).
  • Mendoza, N. S., Walitzer, K. S., & Connors, G. J. Moderated drinking training for women problem drinkers: Use of drinking reduction strategies in relation to outcome. Research Society on Alcoholism, Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA (2012).
  • Mendoza, N.S., Nochajski, T. H., & Farrell. M. G. Attrition in drug court research: Participant characteristics and recommendations for follow-up. Research Society on Alcoholism, Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA (2012).
  • Resko, S. & Mendoza, N. S. Solitary substance use among adolescents involved in the child welfare system: Examining the role of depression and social isolation. Research Society on Alcoholism, Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA (2012).
  • Mendoza, N. S., Resko, S. M., Wohlert, B., & *White, A. "We have to help each other heal" Becoming a professional peer support. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment (0).
  • *Rorke, J. J., Mendoza, N. S., & Roe-Sepowitz, D. E. Underage drinking diversion: Exploring factors related to recidivism in a sample of emerging adults. Society for Social Work Research (0).
  • Mendoza, N. S. Behavioral health front desk receiving and staff interaction: A motivational and trauma-informed approach. TERROS 10th Annual Cesar Chavez Behavioral Health Conference. Phoenix, AZ (0).
  • Mendoza, N. S. Project WARMTH: Women and Recovery, Maintain, Train, Heal. The 12th Annual SIRC Research Conference (0).
  • Mendoza, N. S. The evolution of peer support in substance abuse treatment for women. National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse, 14th International Conference (0).
  • Mendoza, N. S. Working with LGBTQ youths involved in child welfare services. Child Abuse Prevention Conference. Glendale, AZ (0).
  • Mendoza, N. S. & *Harner, V. Beyond the Shelter: Exploring the needs of LGBTQ homeless youth. Focus on transgender youth. Connect Session. Council on Social Work Education. Denver, CO (0).
  • Mendoza, N. S. & Cortez, M. Arizona Families FIRST: A program targeting families involved in child welfare and substance abuse treatment systems. Prevent Child Abuse Arizona Conference. Glendale, AZ (0).
  • Mendoza, N. S. & Cortez, M. Arizona Families FIRST: Engaging clients dually-involved with child welfare services and treatment of substance use disorders. A New Stance on Behavioral Health Care: Resiliency and Whole Health- 15th Annual Summer Institute. Prescott, AZ (0).
  • Mendoza, N. S. & Wohlert, B. InQUEERy: Examining resources for locating, utilizing, and conducting queer research. Let’s Get Better Together Conference. Tucson, AZ (0).
  • Mendoza, N. S., Cimino, A., & Gregoire, T. Community re-entry programming for women: Considering substance abuse, depression, and self-esteem. Society for Social Work and Research (0).
  • Mendoza, N. S., Anthony, E., & Roe-Sepowitz, D. E. Underage drinking diversion: Characterizing risk with latent class analysis. The College on Problems of Drug Dependence. Phoenix, AZ (0).
  • Mendoza, N. S., Broussard, R. A., & *Thomas, D. Clinical supervision: Working from a queer-informed framework. Let’s Get Better Together Conference. Tucson, AZ (0).
  • Wohlert, B. & Mendoza, N. S. Transformations from clients to professionals and how to practice self-care in rehabilitation settings. Symposium conducted at the Technical Assistance and Continued Education (TACE) Fall Institute. Flagstaff, AZ (0).
  • Wohlert, B. & Mendoza, N. S. Transformations from clients to professionals and how to practice self- care in rehabilitation settings. Symposium conducted at the Technical Assistance and Continued Education (TACE) Summer Institute (0).
Research Activity
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SWU 461LGBTQ Issues
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SWU 454Overview of Addictions
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SWU 454Overview of Addictions
SWU 461LGBTQ Issues
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SWU 461LGBTQ Issues
SWG 561LGBTQ Issues
SWG 623Program Evaluation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SWU 461LGBTQ Issues
SWG 561LGBTQ Issues
SWG 664Treatment Substance Disorders
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SWU 461LGBTQ Issues
SWG 561LGBTQ Issues
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SWU 461LGBTQ Issues
SWG 561LGBTQ Issues
SWG 664Treatment Substance Disorders
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SWU 461LGBTQ Issues
SWG 561LGBTQ Issues
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SWU 461LGBTQ Issues
SWG 561LGBTQ Issues
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SWU 461LGBTQ Issues
SWG 561LGBTQ Issues
JHR 593Applied Project
SWG 621Integrative Seminar
Service
  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Trainer (2016 - Present)
  • Society for Social Work Research, Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Reviewer (2016 - Present)
  • Office of Latino Projects- Student Affiliate Group, Faculty Advisor (2015 - Present)
  • SAGE Open, Reviewer (2015 - Present)
  • Society for Social Work Research, Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Reviewer (2015 - Present)
  • Council on Social Work Education, Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression, Reviewer (2015 - Present)
  • The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Reviewer (2015 - Present)
  • Society for Social Work Research, Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Reviewer (2014 - Present)
  • Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, Trainer (2014 - Present)
  • LGBT Health, Reviewer (2014 - Present)
  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Trainer (2014 - Present)
  • Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, Reviewer (2014 - Present)
  • Journal of Forensic Social Work, Reviewer (2014 - Present)
  • Social Work Education, Reviewer (2014 - Present)
  • Journal of Forensic Social Work, Reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • InQUEERy: A collaborative of scholars interested in LGBTQ research, Faculty Advisor (2013 - Present)
  • InQUEERy: A collaborative of scholars interested in LGBTQ research, Faculty Advisor (2013 - Present)
  • InQUEERy: A collaborative of scholars interested in LGBTQ research, Faculty Advisor (2013 - Present)
  • InQUEERy: A collaborative of scholars interested in LGBTQ research, Faculty Advisor (2013 - Present)
  • Research on Social Work Practice, Reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • LGBTQ Consortium, Leadership Committee (2012 - Present)
  • LGBTQ Consortium, Member (2012 - Present)
  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence - Phoenix Chapter, Board Secretary (2012 - Present)
  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence - Phoenix Chapter, Board Secretary (2012 - Present)
  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence - Phoenix Chapter, Board Secretary (2012 - Present)
  • Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, Executive Commitee- Board of Directors (2012 - Present)
  • Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, Member- Board of Directors (2012 - Present)
  • Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, Member- Board of Directors (2012 - Present)
  • Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, Reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • Social Work Education [Journal], Reviewer (2011 - Present)
  • Faculty Council, Member (2012 - 2018)
  • PhD Program Committee, Member (2015 - 2017)
  • Advanced Direct Practice Committee, Member (2012 - 2017)
  • MSW Foundation Committee, Member (2012 - 2017)
  • Faculty Search Committee, Member (2016 - 2017)
  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence - Phoenix Chapter, Board Secretary (2012 - 2016)
  • PhD Program Committee, Member (2015 - 2016)
  • Advanced Standing Committee, Member (2013 - 2016)
  • Advanced Direct Practice Committee, Member (2012 - 2016)
  • MSW Foundation Committee, Member (2012 - 2015)
  • ASU LGBTQ Support Club, Faculty Advisor (2014 - 2015)
  • ASU LGBTQ Support Club, Faculty Advisor (2014 - 2015)
  • Advanced Direct Practice Committee, Member (2012 - 2015)
  • MSW Foundation Committee, Member (2012 - 2015)
  • Faculty Search Committee, Member (2014 - 2015)
  • Faculty Search Committee, Member (2013 - 2014)
  • Native American Connections, Psychotherapist (Volunteer) (2013 - 2013)
  • One n Ten, Psychotherapist (2013 - 2013)
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