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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
Center Director & Associate Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3920
Director and Assoc 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. She earned her Ph.D. in Social Work at The Ohio State University and completed her postdoctoral training at the Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions at the University at Buffalo in New York.

As an expert in behavioral health, Dr. Mendoza’s scholarship is focused on substance use and co-occurring disorders, physical health, identity (e.g., cultural, gender, sexual), and connecting service systems (i.e., health care, criminal justice, child welfare). Furthermore, Dr. Mendoza specializes in the intersection of behavioral health and public safety.

The foundation of her scholarship is built on the premise that behavior change is a function of interpersonal relationships, occurring within the context of culture and across multiple systems. Additionally, Dr. Mendoza's work as a researcher and educator explores and elucidates the ways in which identity and wellness may be assets in behavioral health.

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 the  treatment of substance use and co-occurring 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. Behavioral health with a focus on substance use and co-occurring disorders, physical health, identity (i.e., cultural, gender, sexual), and connecting service systems (i.e., healthcare, criminal justice, child welfare)
  2. Intersection of public safety and behavioral health
  3. Intervention research methodology
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
Expertise Areas