Sharon Lee, LCSW

Sharon Lee, LCSW

Sharon Lee is a PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin- School of Social Work. Sharon completed her MSSW training from the University of Texas at Austin- School of Social Work and obtained a Post Master’s Certificate in Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University.

Sharon’s areas of interest are in prevention of adverse health behavior (alcohol and drug use/abuse) and in mental health prevention/promotion. More specifically, Sharon is interested in examining behavior change among individuals with co-occurring disorders (i.e., Cannabis use disorders and mental health disorders). Other areas of research include: health and mental health communication, risky health behavior change (i.e., Alcohol exposed pregnancies), health disparities among minorities, and help-seeking attitudes in healthcare settings. Sharon is currently part of the research team at the Health Behavior and Research Training Institute (HBRT) working with Dr. Mary Velasquez and Dr. von Sternberg.

Prior to joining the PhD program, Sharon worked as a clinical social worker primarily working in inpatient psychiatric hospital settings for children and adolescents. Her work involved coordinating with a multidisciplinary team including physicians, nurses, psychologist, and teachers and providing individual, family, and group therapy. She also has experience with school social work (AmeriCorps-Communities in Schools) and international social work (World Health Organization).

Sharon is a recipient of the Helen Farebee Memorial Scholarship (2013-2014), the Adoptive Family Parents Scholarship (2014-2015 ), the Adele Lorusso Memorial Scholarship (2015-2016), the School of Social Work Fellowship (2013-2015 ), and the University of Texas Graduate School Fellowship (2016-2017).

Professional Interests

Risky health behavior (alcohol and drug use/abuse) change; Mental health prevention/promotion (mental health literacy); Co-occurring disorders; Health disparities among minorities; Help-seeking attitudes in healthcare settings.


  • Post Master's, Community Counseling, John Hopkins University
  • MSSW, The University of Texas at Austin
  • BS in Psychology, State University of New York at Buffalo


Mailing Address

The University of Texas
School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78712-0358