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LIU Brooklyn Sheila Vakharia

Sheila P. Vakharia

Assistant Professor

B.A. University of RochesterM.S.W. Binghamton UniversityPh.D., Florida International University


Sheila Vakharia earned her doctorate at Florida International University’s School of Social Work. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Binghamton University and a Post-Master’s Certificate in the Addictions from New York University. She was most recently employed as a social worker at a grassroots HIV/AIDS and homelessness advocacy organization in Manhattan, where she provided harm reduction-based substance use counseling, facilitated harm reduction support groups, and conducted quality assurance activities. She was also a SIFI certified field instructor for B.S.W. students from New York University at that time. Prior to that, she worked at an OASAS-licensed rural outpatient substance use treatment facility where she conducted diagnostic assessments, made level-of-care treatment determinations, and facilitated aftercare groups for individuals with co-occurring disorders.


Substance use; Ethical issues in the treatment of substance “abuse”; Harm reduction interventions; Drug user stigma; Overdose prevention, Social work education; Drug policy; The disease construction of addiction


Macgowan, M. J. & Vakharia, S. P. (2012). Teaching standards-based group work competencies to social work students: An empirical examination. Research on Social Work Practice, 22, 380-388. doi: 10.1177/1049731512442249
Wong, S. E. & Vakharia, S. P. (2012). Teaching research and practice evaluation skills to graduate social work students. Research on Social Work Practice, 22,714-718. doi: 10.1177/1049731512451060


Fannie Bigelow Prize, Susan B. Anthony Women’s Leadership Institute, University of Rochester (2004)

Professional Affiliations

Licensed Master of Social Work in the State of New York