2018: (Ongoing) Barriers to Latino Help-seeking for Substance Use Problems in New York State.
Abstract As a result of many factors including stress, drug use deaths for Hispanics have been rising faster than average in the nation according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Beinger, 2018). Latino fatalities increased at a rate of over 50% between 2014 and 2016, compared to under 50% for whites. Drug use particularly affects the youth and young adults in Hispanic communities. More than 74.5%of all deaths among 15 – 24 y.o. are attributed to accidents, assaults/homicides, intentional harm/suicide, HIV/Aids and chronic lower respiratory disease, all of which have been associated with drug use (Arias et al, 2003). Understanding of the driving forces behind the rise in overdose deaths in the Hispanic communities is lacking (Bebinger, M., 2018).  Understanding systemic issues that underlie the rising overdose deaths in the Latino communities is important , but tracing paths of help-seeking by the members of the Latino community may yield information that the analysis of the ‘big picture’ may miss.

2017: An Evaluation of an E-learning Intervention to Update Social Work Practice
Abstract This paper presents an evaluation of an e-learning intervention for social work clinicians designed to teach practice skills useful with substance use disorders. The evaluation compares outcomes for two groups of trainees in clinical social work practice. Outcomes of the group taking the training with interactive components demonstrate higher clinician satisfaction and lower retention as compared with the control group. Additionally, the evaluation examines outcomes of the training on social workers’ self-confidence, attitude, knowledge, and skill concerning the use of Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy in practice with substance use disorders. Outcomes suggest advantages of developing e-learning modes for conveying clinical skills.

2011:Factors Related to Implementation of Best Substance Use Disorder Practices
Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment services for youth and adults can be improved by the implementation of appropriate Evidence Based Practices. Although researchers have identified contextual and personal/cognitive factors that affect the adoption of empirically based practices into substance use treatment services (e.g., Aarons, 2004; Eccles, Grimshaw, Walker, Johnston, & Pitts, 2005), implementation remains low. The study found that the social workers implemented Best Practices with 75% of their clients with SUDs. Of the seven Best Practices surveyed, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Self-Help Interventions, and Motivational Interviewing were the most widely-used. The social cognitive factors of confidence and motivation were found to explain between 51% and 71% of the variance in implementation. Social contextual variables of leadership attitude and social network implementation were found to moderate the relationships between social cognitive variables and implementation.