Ashley Austin, PhD

Ashley Austin, PhD

Contact Information

Location: Miami Shores, Powers Building, 217
Phone: 305.899.3936
E-mail: Austin@barry.edu

Education

  • PhD, Florida International University, 2007.
  • MSW, Florida International University, 1996.
  • BS, University of Florida, 1990.

Ashley Austin joined the faculty in 2008 and primarily teaches social work research and clinical practice courses.  Her emphasis is on facilitating students’ integration of (1) research and practice-based knowledge, as well as (2) personal and professional values in order to enhance competent social work practice with underserved cultural and identity-based minority populations.

Dr. Austin’s research and practice interests revolve around reducing health disparities and improving services for vulnerable subgroups of youth and young adults.  Her publications and presentations focus on the following topics: trans affirmative social work practice, effective interventions for sexual and gender minority youth and young adults; adolescent substance abuse; and evidenced based interventions including motivational interviewing, guided self change and cognitive behavior therapy. Dr. Austin has a growing research interest in using grounded theory research to understand issues experiences by individuals within the LGBTQ community.

Dr. Austin is currently engaged in two community based research collaborations with the LGBTQ community: “Developing an affirmative Intervention for Sexual Minority Youth: A participatory research approach” and “Experiences of Gender Non Conforming Young Adults: In Their Words”.  Both projects have the primary purpose of gathering knowledge about the specific needs of diverse LGBTQ youth and young adults in order to improve services.

Awards:

Creative Activity Grant, GLS, Barry University: Experiences of Gender Non Conforming Young Adults: In Their Words (2012).

Faculty Incentive Grant, Barry University: Developing an affirmative intervention for sexual minority youth: A participatory research approach (2012).

Early Career Social Work Research Mentoring Initiative Award, National Institute of Drug Abuse (2008).

Memberships:

Miami-Dade County Addiction Services Board

Society for Social Work Research

Council for Social Work Education

Research Interests

  • Improving services for LGBTQ youth and young adults
  • Promoting social work research with the transgender community
  • Adolescent substance use and mental health

Publications

McInroy, L. B., Craig, S. L., & Austin, A. M. (Under Review). The Percevied scarcity of gender identity specific content in Canadian social work programs. Canadian Social Work Review.

Austin, A. & Craig, S. L. (In Press). Support, discrimination and alcohol use among racially/ethnically diverse sexual minority youth. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services.

Craig, S. L., Austin, A. & McInroy, L. B. (In Press). School-based groups to support multiethnic sexual minority youth resiliency: Preliminary effectiveness. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal.

Collazo, A., Craig, S. & Austin, A. (2013). Facilitating transition among transgender clients: Components of effective clinical practice. Clinical Social Work Journal DOI:10.1007/s10615-013-0436-3.

Craig, S. L. Austin, A. & Alessi, E. (2012).  Gay affirmative cognitive behavioral therapy for sexual minority youth: A clinical adaptation and approach. Clinical Social Work Journal. DOI:10.1007/s10615-012-0427-9.

Austin, A. & Engle, B. (2012).  Motivation: Implications for intervening with adolescent substance abusers in Psychology of Motivation: New Research, Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY.

Craig, S. L, McInroy, L., Austin, A., Smith, M., & Engle, B. E. (2012).  Promoting self-efficacy and self-esteem for multiethnic sexual minority youth: An evidence-informed intervention.Journal of Social Service Research 1-11. DOI: 10.1080/01488376.2012.718194

Austin, A., Hospital, M., Wagner, E. F., & Leon-Morris, S. (2010).  Motivation for substance use among minority youth: Targets for intervention.Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 39(4), 399-407.

Kaplan, S. G., Engle, B., Austin, A., & Wagner, E. (2010).  Applications in Schools.  In M. Suarez and S. Naar-King (Eds.). Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Families. California: Guilford Press.

Austin, A. & Wagner, E. F. (2010).  Treatment Attrition among Racial/Ethnic Minority Youth.The Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 10 (1).

Wagner, E. & Austin, A.  (2009). Problem Solving and Social Skills Training.  In D. Springer & A. Rubin (Eds). Substance Abuse Treatment for Youths and Adults, Clinician's Guide to Evidence-Based Practice Series.  New York: John Wiley & Sons (pp. 57-107).

Austin, A. M., Macgowan, M. J. & Wagner, E. F. (2005). Effective family-based interventions for adolescents with substance use problems: A systematic review. Research on Social Work Practice, 15, 67-83. (Selected to be reprinted in M. G. Vaughn, M. Howard & B. Thyer (Eds.), Readings in evidence-based social work: Synthesis of the intervention knowledge base [pp. 55-84], 2009, Thousand Oaks, CA Sage).

Wagner, E. F. & Austin, A. M. (2007). Substance use disorders in M. Hersen (Series Ed.) & D. Reitman (Volume Ed.) Handbook of Assessment, Conceptualization, and Treatment (HACT): Vol. 2. Children and Adolescents (pp. 348-365).  New York: Wiley & Sons.

Austin, A. M. & Wagner, E. F. (2006). Correlates of treatment retention among multiethnic youth with substance use problems: Initial examination of ethnic group differences.Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 15(3), 105-128.

Wagner, E. F. & Austin, A. M.  (2006). Substance use disorders.  R. T. Ammerman (Vol. Ed.), Comprehensive handbook of personality and psychopathology: Vol. 4 Child psychopathology (348-366). New Jersey: Wiley.

Austin, A. M., Macgowan, M. J., & Wagner, E. F. (2005). Effective Family-Based Interventions for Adolescents with Substance Use Problems: A systematic review. Journal of Research on Social Work Practice, 15(2), 67-83.

Presentations

Austin, A., Craig, S. L., Collazo, A., & Silva, C.  Advancing social work research with transgender clients through innovative collaborations: Engaging stakeholder assests. The Society for Social Work Resarch 17th Annual Conference, San Diego, CA January 16-20, 2013.

Craig, S. L. & Austin, A. M. Can Group Interventions Enhance the Resiliency of Sexual Minority Youth? Evidence From a Pilot Study" The Society for Social Work Resarch 17th Annual Conference, San Diego, CA January 16-20, 2013.

Graziano, J. N.,  Hospital, M. M., Austin, A. Morris, S. L.  & Wagner, E. F. The Association Between Discrimination and alcohol dependence and externalizing behaviors among minority teens: the mediating role of alienation.The 35th Annual Research Society on Alcoholism Scientific Meeting, San Francisco, Ca, June 23-27, 2012.

Ellis, M. & Austin, A. Features of Clinical Assessment and Practice for Deliberate Self-Harm in Adolescents. NASW-FL Social Work Matters Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL, June 14-16, 2012.

Austin, A. & Craig, S. Intervening with Substance Using Sexual Minority Youth: The Role of Discrimination and Support.Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness, Washington DC, April 11, 2012.

Engle, B. & Austin, A. & Wagner, E. F.  Developing Competency in Motivational Interviewing.Florida International University School of Social Work 2nd Annual Alumni and Friends Conference, Miami, FL December 2, 2011.

Austin, A. & Craig, S. L. Implementing Evidence Based Clinical Interventions in Real World Social Work Practice Settings: Why and How? NASW-FL Social Workers Change Futures Conference, Tampa, FL June 9-11, 2011.

Austin, A. Substance use among multiethnic sexual minority youth.Reaching Out Conference on LGBTQ Domestic Violence, Miami FL, April 13-15, 2011.

Austin, A., Craig, S., Engle, B. & Smith, M. Exploring substance use among multiethnic sexual minority youth: The influence of support and discrimination. Society for Social Work Research 15th Annual Conference, Tampa, FL, January 11-13, 2011.

Engle, B., Craig, S., Austin, A., & Smith, M. Motivational interviewing implementation and practitioner skill acquisition in an agency serving sexual minority youth. Society for Social Work Research 15th Annual Conference, Tampa, FL, January11-13, 2011.

Craig, S., Austin, A., Smith, M. & Engle, B. The impact of a school-based care coordination program on the self-esteem of multi-ethnic sexual minority youth. Society for Social Work Research 15th Annual Conference, January11-13, 2011.

Austin, A. & Wagner, E. F. Evidenced-based interventions for racial/ethnic minority substance abusing juvenile offenders:  The challenge of treatment dropout.Society for Social Work and Research 14th Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, January 14-17, 2010.

Austin, A., & Engle, B. Motivational Interviewing: An Innovative Approach to Changing School Culture. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. San Antonio, Texas November 3-6, 2009.

Austin, A. & Wagner E. F.  Treatment attrition among ethnic minority youth.  Paper presentation for the 2008 Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness (JMATE), Washington D. C., March 25-27.

Austin, A. M. Treatment attrition among ethnic minority youth: The influence of individual, social, cultural, and treatment factors. Poster presentation for the 30th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, Chicago, IL, July 7-12, 2007.

Austin, A. M. Evidence-based interventions for adolescents with substance use problems. Presentation for The Society for Social Work and Research, Eighth Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, January 15-18, 2004.

Austin, A. M. Correlates of Treatment Retention among Multiethnic Youth with Substance Use Problems. Presentation for the Fourth International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, Quebec, Canada, May 23-27, 2004.

Austin, A. M. The influence of pretreatment and treatment factors on treatment retention among ethnically diverse adolescents with substance use problems. Presentation for the Tenth Annual Conference on Behavior, Clinical Neuroscience, Substance Abuse, and Culture, Los Angeles, CA, October 21-24, 2004.

Community Workshops

Austin, A. Transgender Sensitivity.Corporate Training at The Fontainebleau, Miami, FL June 25, 2013.

Austin, A. Motivational Interviewing for Domestic Violence: An Introduction. Community workshop at Victim Response: The Lodge, Miami, FL March 21, 2013.

Austin, A. Advocacy for transgender youth and adults. Community workshop at Life of Freedom Center, Miami, FL March 11, 2013.

Austin, A. Motivational Interviewing for Domestic Violence: An Introduction. Community workshop at Victim Response: The Lodge, Miami, FL January 25, 2012.

Austin, A. Motivational interviewing: An introduction.Miami Children’s Hospital’s Doctoral Internship Training Seminar, Miami, FL, March, 2011

Austin, A. Guided adolescent problem solving. Miami Dade Public Schools Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities Program, Miami, FL, January, 2011

Austin, A. Guided Adolescent Problem Solving for Adolescent Behavior Problems.  New Horizons Community Mental Health Workshop, Miami, FL September 30, 2010.

Austin, A. & Wagner, E. F. The challenge of treatment dropout among racial/ethnic minority youth.Center for Research on US Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Use 2010 Brown Bag Lunch Presentation Series, Miami, FL May 21, 2010.

Engle, B., Austin, A. Brief Motivational Screening and Intervention with Older Adults. The Miami Area Geriatric Education Center. Miami Shores, FL, April 24, 2009.

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