Sharon Lee is a PhD student at The University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work, where she also completed her MSSW training. She obtained a Post Master’s Certificate in Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University.
Lee’s areas of interest are in prevention of adverse health behavior (alcohol and drug use/abuse) and in mental health prevention/promotion. More specifically, she 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 professors Mary Velasquez and Kirk von Sternberg.
Prior to joining the PhD program, Lee worked as a clinical social worker in Washington, D.C. Her work involved coordinating with a multidisciplinary team including physicians, nurses, psychologists, and teachers and providing individual, family, and group therapy for children and adolescents. She also has experience with school social work (AmeriCorps-Communities in Schools) and international social work (World Health Organization).
Lee 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 Recruitment Fellowship (2013-2015 ), and the Graduate School/School of Social Work Continuing Fellowship (2016-2017).
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
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