Drabble, Laurie

Drabble, Laurie

Professor, School of Social Work
Project Director, Social Work - Foundation


Preferred: laurie.drabble@sjsu.edu


Preferred: (408) 924-5836


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Social Welfare, Univ Of Cal-Berkeley, 2001
  • Master of Social Work, CSU-Long Beach, 1994
  • Master of Public Health, Univ Of Cal-Berkeley, California, United States, 1998


Dr. Laurie Drabble is a Professor in the School of Social Work at San Jose State University. She is also an Affiliate Scientist with the Alcohol Research Group in Emeryville, CA.   Her  scholarly research focuses on alcohol and other drug problems among marginalized populations of women. Some of her recent research focuses on factors that contribute, to or protect against, risk for alcohol and other drug-related problems among sexual minority women. She is also involved in research focusing on collaboration between addiction treatment, child welfare and dependency courts. Dr. Drabble also maintains an interest in University/Community Partnered Research and, among other projects, serves in a leadership role for the Child Welfare Partnership for Research and Training (CW-PART), a model program that involves organizing faculty and student research teams to conduct research related to emerging questions of interest to local county agencies. 

Dr. Drabble is former Executive Director of the California Women´s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Dependencies and has worked statewide and nationally as an organizational consultant providing a wide range of technical assistance and training services related to women´s alcohol and drug issues, alcohol/drug prevention strategies, strategic planning, and non-profit management. Dr. Drabble received a BA in Social work at California State University, Los Angeles and a Masters in Social Work at California State University, Long Beach.  She earned a Ph.D. in Social Welfare and a Masters in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.

Selected publications include:

Drabble, L. Trocki, K.F., Klinger, J.L. (2016) Religiosity as a protective factor for hazardous drinking and drug use among sexual minority women: Findings from the National Alcohol Survey. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 161, 127-124. 

Drabble, L., Trocki, K.F., Salcedo, B, Walker, P.C., Korcha, R.A. (2016). Conducting qualitative interviews by telephone: Lessons learned from a qualitative study of alcohol use among sexual minority women. Qualitative Social Work, 15(1), 118-133. 

Drabble, L., Haun, L., Kushin, H., Cohen, E. (2016). Measuring client satisfaction and engagement: The role of a Mentor Parent Program in Family Drug Treatment Court. Juvenile & Family Court Journal, 61(1), 19-32.

Drabble, L.A., Thomas, S., O'Connor, L., Roberts, S.C.M. (2014). State responses to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Findings from the Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS). Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 14(2), 191-206.  

Drabble, L., & Trocki, K. (2014). Alcohol in the life narratives of women: Commonalities and differences by sexual orientation.  Addiction Research and Theory, 22(3), 186-194. (DOI: 10.3109/16066359.2013.806651).

Drabble, Laurie & Herd, Denise. (2014). Strategies Employed by Inner-City Activists to Reduce Alcohol-Related Problems and Advance Social Justice, Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 13:4, 362-384 (DOI: 10.1080/15332640.2014.958637)

Drabble, L., Lemon-Osterling, K, D’Andrade, A., Donoviel, B, & Le, J. (2013). Child Welfare Partnership for Research and Training: A Title IV-E university/community collaborative research model. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 7(4), 411-429.

Drabble, L., Trocki, K. R., Hughes, T. L., Korcha, R. A., Lown, A. E. (2013). Sexual orientation differences in the relationship between victimization and hazardous drinking among women in the National Alcohol Survey. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. (published online before print- doi: 10.1037/a0031486)

Drabble, L., Jones, S., & Brown, V. (2013). Advancing Trauma-Informed Systems Change in a Family   Drug Treatment Court Context. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 13(1), 91-113.

Drabble, L., & Eliason, Michele J. (2012) Sexual Minority Women and Treatment for Substance Use Disorders: A Review of Literature. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 6(4),274-292.

 Drabble, L, Sen, S., Oppenheimer, S.Y. (2012). Integrating a transcultural perspective into the social work curriculum: A description and exploratory study. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 32(2), 204-221.

Condit, M., Kitaji, K., Drabble, L., & Trocki, K. (2011) Sexual Minority Women and Alcohol: Intersections between drinking, relational contexts, stress, and coping.  Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 23(3), 351-375

Drabble, Laurie (2011) Advancing Collaborative Practice Between Substance Abuse Treatment and Child Welfare Fields: What Helps and Hinders the Process? Journal of Social Work Administration, 35(1), 88-106.

Trocki, K., Drabble, L., & Midanik, L.T. (2009) Tobacco, marijuana use and sensation-seeking: Comparisons across gay, lesbian, bisexual and heterosexual groups. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 23(4), 620-631.

Trocki, K. & Drabble, L. (2008). Bar patronage and motivational predictors of drinking in the San Francisco bay area: Gender and sexual identity differences. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 40 (SARC Supplement 5), 345-356.

Drabble, L. (2007). Pathways to collaboration: Exploring values and collaborative practice between child welfare and substance abuse treatment fields. Child Maltreatment, 12(1), 31-42.

Midanik, L.T., Drabble, L., & Trocki, K, Sell, R. (2006). Sexual orientation and alcohol use: Identity versus behavior measures. Journal of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Research, 3(1), 25-35.

Drabble, L., Midanik, L. T., & Trocki, K. (2005). Reports of alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems among homosexual, bisexual and heterosexual respondents: Results from the 2000 National Alcohol Survey. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 66, 111-120.

Trocki, K, Drabble, L., & Midanik, L. T. (2005). Use of heavier drinking contexts among heterosexuals, homosexuals and bisexuals: Results from a national household probability survey. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 66, 105-110.