Dr. Paul Sacco, Associate Professor
Paul Sacco received his MSW from Arizona State University in 1995, and practiced for 10 years as a psychiatric social worker primarily in partial hospitalization programs. In 2005, he returned to complete his PhD in Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis and joined the faculty of the School of Social Work in 2009.
His research focuses primarily on behavioral health and addictions with a focus on life course development. Specifically, he has conducted research on the epidemiology of alcohol use and pathological gambling among older adults with an emphasis on epidemiology and health services use. In addition to his substantive interests, he is focused on the application of latent variable modeling approaches to understanding developmental process in behavioral health and exploring heterogeneity in life course development.
Dr. Sacco combines his behavioral health research with an emerging interest in the training of social work students in evidence-supported behavioral health interventions. He is the Project Director of an SAMHSA-funded Screening and Brief Intervention and Referral for Treatment (SBIRT) Training program. He also serves as the co-director of the BHWISE Fellows Program, a HRSA-funded workforce development project directed at increasing the behavioral health workforce capable of working with youth and emerging-age adults.
Dr. Sacco teaches "Social Work Practice with Individuals" in the foundation year and "Psychopathology" in the advanced clinical curriculum. As an educator, he endeavors to support students in learning the latest from research while helping them to recognize the core elements of effective social work practice.
UM School of Social Work
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
MSW, Arizona State University
PhD, Washington University in St. Louis
Alcohol and Drug Use
Pathological and Problem Gambling
Aging and Life Course Development
Latent Variable Methodology
Research Society on Alcoholism
Gerontological Society of America
Society for Social Work and Research
National Association of Social Workers
Sacco, P., Burruss, K., Smith, C. A., Kuerbis, A., Harrington, D., Moore, A. A., & Resnick, B. (in press). Drinking behavior among older adults at a continuing care retirement community: Affective and motivational influences. Aging & Mental Health.
Sharma, A., & Sacco, P. (in press). Adverse Childhood Events and Gambling: Results from a National Survey. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions.
Burruss, K., Sacco, P., & Smith, C. A. (in press). Understanding older adults’ attitudes and beliefs about drinking: Perspectives of residents in congregate living. Ageing & Society. doi: 10.1017/70144686x14000671
Sacco, P., Bright, C. L., Jun, H.-J., & Stapleton, L. M. (in press). Developmental Relations Between Alcohol and Aggressive Behavior Among Adolescents: Neighborhood and Sociodemographic Correlates. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 1-15. doi: 10.1007/s11469-015-9546-1
Sacco, P., Unick, G. J., Zanjani, F., & Camlin, E. A. S. (2015). Hospital Outcomes in Major Depression Among Older Adults: Differences by Alcohol Comorbidity. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 11(1), 83-92. doi: 10.1080/15504263.2014.993295
Sacco, P., Smith, C., Harrington, D., Svoboda, D. V., & Resnick, B. (2014). Feasibility and utility of experience sampling to assess alcohol consumption among older adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology. doi: 10.1177/0733464813519009
Sacco, P., Bucholz, K. K., & Harrington, D. (2014). Gender differences in stressful life events, social support, perceived stress, and alcohol use among older adults: results from a national survey. Substance Use and Misuse, 49(4), 456-465. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2013.846379
Sacco, P., Bright, C. L., & Springer, J. (2014). The Case of Aundria: Treating substance abuse during adolescence using CBT and motivational interviewing. In C. W. LeCroy & W. Anthony (Eds.), Case Studies in Child, Adolescent, and Family Treatment (2 ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Kuerbis, A., Sacco, P., Blazer, D., & Moore, A. A. (2014). Substance use disorders in older adults. Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, 30(3), 629-654.
Kuerbis, A., Sacco, P. (Accepted) A review of existing treatments for substance abuse among the elderly and recommendations for future directions. Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment
Kuerbis, A., Hagman, B.T., & Sacco, P. (Accepted) Functioning of alcohol use disorders criteria among middle-aged and older adults: Implications for DSM-5. Substance Use and Misuse