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Diana M. DiNitto, Ph.D., ACSW, LCSW, AADC, is a Distinguished Teaching Professor and the Cullen Trust Centennial Professor in Alcohol Studies and Education in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. She is also an affiliate faculty member in Women’s and Gender Studies and the American Studies Department.

Her current teaching and research interests are primarily in social welfare policy and alcohol and drug use. Her books include Social Welfare: Politics and Public Policy, 8th ed.; Essentials of Social Welfare: Politics and Public Policy; Chemical Dependency: A Systems Approach, 4th ed.; and Social Work: Issues and Opportunities in a Challenging Profession, 3rd ed. She previously worked in the substance abuse treatment programs at Apalachee Community Mental Health Services in Tallahassee, Florida, and was a faculty member at the Florida State University School of Social Work. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, University of Sydney (Australia), and Tallinn University (Estonia). She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare; a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Social Welfare Policy and Practice Group; the Social Work Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Association of Social Workers-Texas, Capital Area Branch; and the Lora Lee Pederson Teaching Excellence Award, and she has twice received a Texas Excellence Teaching Award. In 2022, Tallinn University awarded her an honorary doctorate.

Professional Interests

Social welfare policy, alcohol and drug problems, and women’s issues