Paul Sacco

Paul Sacco‌Paul Sacco, Associate Professor

Paul Sacco received his MSW from Arizona State University in 1995, and practiced for 10 years as a psychiatric social worker. 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 interest in the training of social work students in evidence-supported behavioral health interventions. He served as the Project Director of an SAMHSA-funded Screening and Brief Intervention and Referral for Treatment (SBIRT) Training program (2014-2017) and currently co-directs the BHWISE Fellows Program, a HRSA-funded workforce development project focused on integrated behavioral health training.

Dr. Sacco teaches in the foundation and clinical practice areas as well as in the PhD program. 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.


Contact Information:
Phone: (410) 706.8099
Room: 5E21

Sacco CV

Mailing Information:
UM School of Social Work
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

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MSW, Arizona State University
PhD, Washington University in St. Louis

Expertise and Research Interests

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
Council on Social Work Education
National Association of Social Workers

Recent Publications

Sacco, P., Cagle, J. G., Moreland, M. L., & Camlin, E. A. S. (2017). Screening and Assessment of Substance Use in Hospice Care: Examining Content from a National Sample of Psychosocial Assessments. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 20(8), 850-856. doi:10.1089/jpm.2016.0538

 Kim, S., Spilman, S. L., Liao, D. H., Sacco, P., & Moore, A. A. (in press) Social networks and alcohol use among older adults: A comparison with middle-aged adults. Aging & Mental Health

 Sacco, P., Ting, L., Crouch, T. B., Emery, L., Moreland, M., Bright, C., . . . DiClemente, C. (2017). SBIRT Training in Social Work Education: Evaluating Change Using Standardized Patient Simulation. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 17(1-2), 150-168. doi:10.1080/1533256x.2017.1302886

 Cagle, J. G., Osteen, P., Sacco, P., & Jacobson Frey, J. (2017). Psychosocial Assessment by Hospice Social Workers: A Content Review of Instruments from a National Sample. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management, 53(1), 40-48. doi:10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2016.08.016

 Bright, C. L., Sacco, P., Kolivoski, K. M., Stapleton, L. M., Jun, H.-J., & Morris-Compton, D. (2017). Gender Differences in Patterns of Substance Use and Delinquency: A Latent Transition Analysis. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 26(2), 162-173. doi:10.1080/1067828X.2016.1242100

 Lane, W., Sacco, P., Downton, K., Ludeman, E., Levy, L., & Tracy, J. K. (2016). Child maltreatment and problem gambling: A systematic review. Child Abuse & Neglect, 58, 24-38. doi:

 Kim, K., Lehning, A., & Sacco, P. (2016). Assessing the Factor Structure of Well-being in Older Adults: Findings from the National Health and Aging Trends Study Aging & Mental Health. Aging & Mental Health, 20(8), 814-822. doi:10.1080/13607863.2015.1037245

 Sacco, P., Smith, C., Harrington, D., Svoboda, D. V., & Resnick, B. (2016). Feasibility and utility of experience sampling to assess alcohol consumption among older adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 35(1), 106-120. doi: 10.1177/0733464813519009