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    Dorian Traube, PhD

    TitleSenior Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs, Associate Professor of Social Work, Department of Children, Youth and Families
    SchoolSchool of Social Work
    DepartmentSocial Work
    AddressMRF 343
    University Park Campus
    Los Angeles California 90089-0411
    Phone+1 213 740 1989
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      DORIAN TRAUBE is an associate professor at the USC School of Social Work. Her research agenda focuses on the behavioral health of high-risk adolescents. Traube's research is theory-driven and results in strategies for promoting behavioral and social functioning for high-risk populations of youth between the ages of 13 and 24.

      She has made scholarly contributions in three topic areas that assist in translating models of behavioral risk across high-risk adolescent populations. These areas are behavioral health of adolescents affected by AIDS, behavioral health of young men who have sex with men, and behavioral health of child welfare-involved adolescents. In establishing that models of behavioral risk can be translated across various high-risk adolescent populations, Traube hopes to create adolescent behavioral health prevention interventions that can be delivered to multiple at-risk populations. She is currently the principal investigator of a National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded R01 to determine the prevalence and impact of substance use, predictors of substance abuse over the course of adolescent development, and the role that current child welfare services play in ameliorating substance use and abuse. She is also funded by the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute to validate two mental health screening tools currently used by the Los Angeles County departments of Mental Health and Children and Family Services to screen children in foster care for mental health needs.

      Traube teaches the classes “Foundation of Social Work Practice with Individuals” and “Foundation of Social Work Practice with Families, Groups, and Complex Cases.” She is also co-chair of the Mental Health concentration at the USC School of Social Work. In 2006, she was awarded the University of Southern California’s Mellon Mentoring Award in recognition of her efforts to build a supportive environment for graduate student mentoring.

      Traube received her doctorate and master's degree in social work from Columbia University, where she was awarded the National Institute of Mental Health pre-doctoral fellowship in mental health services research. Before pursuing her doctorate degree, she was a clinical social worker in a pediatric HIV clinic at New York Presbyterian Hospital and a research analyst at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Division of Health Services Research.


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      1. He AS, Traube D, Brimhall KC, Lim C, Lecklitner G, Olson A. Service Receipt and Mental Disorders in Child Welfare and Mental Health Systems in Los Angeles County. Psychiatr Serv. 2017 Apr 17; appips201600266. PMID: 28412891.
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      2. Yarnell LM, Traube D, Schrager SM. Brief report: Growth in polysubstance use among youth in the child welfare system. J Adolesc. 2016 Apr; 48:82-6. PMID: 26900780.
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      3. Traube D, Yarnell LM, Schrager SM. Differences in polysubstance use among youth in the child welfare system: Toward a better understanding of the highest-risk teens. Child Abuse Negl. 2016 Feb; 52:146-57. PMID: 26726761.
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      4. Traube D, He AS, Zhu L, Scalise C, Richardson T. Predictors of Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment Completion for Parents Involved with Child Welfare: One State's Experience in Matching across Systems. Child Welfare. 2015; 94(5):45-66. PMID: 26827464.
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      5. He AS, Traube D, Young NK. Perceptions of parental substance use disorders in cross-system collaboration among child welfare, alcohol and other drugs, and dependency court organizations. Child Abuse Negl. 2014 May; 38(5):939-51. PMID: 24268380.
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      6. Traube D, Holloway I, Zhang J. National study of the role of recent illicit substance use on the relationship between depressive symptoms and sexual risk behavior among child welfare-involved adolescents. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2013 Jul; 74(4):589-97. PMID: 23739023.
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      7. Traube D, Cederbaum JA, Kerkorian D, Bhupali C, McKay MM. African American children's perceptions of HIV-focused community-based participatory research. J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2013 Feb; 8(1):79-90. PMID: 23485673.
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      8. Holloway IW, Traube D, Kubicek K, Supan J, Weiss G, Kipke MD. HIV Prevention Service Utilization in the Los Angeles House and Ball Communities: Past Experiences and Recommendations for the Future. AIDS Educ Prev. 2012 Oct; 24(5):431-44. PMID: 23016504.
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      9. Traube D, Schrager SM, Holloway IW, Weiss G, Kipke MD. Environmental risk, social cognition, and drug use among young men who have sex with men: Longitudinal effects of minority status on health processes and outcomes. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2012 Jun 30. PMID: 22749680.
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      10. Traube D, Pohle CE, Barley M. Teaching evidence-based social work in foundation practice courses: learning from pedagogical choices of allied fields. J Evid Based Soc Work. 2012 Jun 6; 9(3):241-59. PMID: 22694131.
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      11. Traube D, James S, Zhang J, Landsverk J. A national study of risk and protective factors for substance use among youth in the child welfare system. Addict Behav. 2012 May; 37(5):641-50. PMID: 22321315.
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      12. Holloway IW, Traube D, Rice E, Schrager SM, Palinkas LA, Richardson J, Kipke MD. Community and Individual Factors Associated with Cigarette Smoking Among Young Men Who Have Sex With Men. J Res Adolesc. 2012 Jun 1; 22(2):199-205. PMID: 22661879.
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      13. Holloway IW, Traube D, Schrager SM, Levine B, Alicea S, Watson JL, Miranda A, McKay MM. Effects of Sexual Expectancies on Early Sexualized Behavior Among Urban Minority Youth. J Soc Social Work Res. 2012 Jan; 3(1). PMID: 22461958.
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      14. Traube D, Holloway IW, Schrager SM, Kipke MD. Utilizing Social Action Theory as a framework to determine correlates of illicit drug use among young men who have sex with men. Psychol Addict Behav. 2012 Mar; 26(1):78-88. PMID: 21644802.
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      15. Traube D, Holloway IW, Smith L. Theory development for HIV behavioral health: empirical validation of behavior health models specific to HIV risk. AIDS Care. 2011 Jun; 23(6):663-70. PMID: 21347886.
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      16. Bellamy JL, Gopalan G, Traube D. A national study of the impact of outpatient mental health services for children in long-term foster care. Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2010 Oct; 15(4):467-79. PMID: 20923897.
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      17. Traube D, Dukay V, Kaaya S, Reyes H, Mellins C. Cross-cultural adaptation of the Child Depression Inventory for use in Tanzania with children affected by HIV. Vulnerable Child Youth Stud. 2010 Jun; 5(2):174-187. PMID: 20808733.
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      18. Kerkorian D, Traube D, McKay MM. Understanding the African American Research Experience (KAARE): Implications for HIV Prevention. Soc Work Ment Health. 2007 May 1; 5(3 & 4):295-312. PMID: 20871788.
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      19. Traube D, Chasse KT, McKay MM, Bhorade AM, Paikoff R, Young SD. Urban African American Pre-Adolescent Social Problem Solving Skills: Family Influences and Association with Exposure to Situations of Sexual Possibility. Soc Work Ment Health. 2007 May 1; 5(1-2):101-119. PMID: 20871790.
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      20. Paikoff RL, Traube D, McKay MM. Overview of Community Collaborative Partnerships and Empirical Findings: The Foundation for Youth HIV Prevention. Soc Work Ment Health. 2007 May 1; 5(1-2):3-26. PMID: 20844598.
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      21. McBride CK, Baptiste D, Traube D, Paikoff RL, Madison-Boyd S, Coleman D, Bell CC, Coleman I, McKay MM. Family-Based HIV Preventive Intervention: Child Level Results from the CHAMP Family Program. Soc Work Ment Health. 2007 May 1; 5(1&2):203-220. PMID: 20852742.
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      22. McKay M, Block M, Mellins C, Traube D, Brackis-Cott E, Minott D, Miranda C, Petterson J, Abrams EJ. Adapting a Family-Based HIV Prevention Program for HIV-Infected Preadolescents and Their Families: Youth, Families and Health Care Providers Coming Together to Address Complex Needs. Soc Work Ment Health. 2007 Jan 1; 5(3/4):355-378. PMID: 20852676.
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      23. Bellamy JL, Bledsoe SE, Traube D. The Current State of Evidence-Based Practice in Social Work: A Review of the Literature and Qualitative Analysis of Expert Interviews. J Evid Based Soc Work. 2006 Mar 1; 3(1):23-48. PMID: 20871786.
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      24. Devoe ER, Dean K, Traube D, McKay MM. The SURVIVE Community Project: A Family-Based Intervention to Reduce the Impact of Violence Exposures in Urban Youth. J Aggress Maltreat Trauma. 2005; 11(4):95-116. PMID: 21369343.
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