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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

Description

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.

Specialties

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

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications


Vakharia, S. P. & Little, J. (2016). Starting where the client is: Harm reduction guidelines for clinical social work practice. Clinical Social Work Practice, doi: 10.1007/s10615-016-0584-3

 

Wong, S. E., & Vakharia, S. P. (2015). Improving internet searches for community resources by persons diagnosed with mental disorders. Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 11(2), 100-108.

 

Jessell, L., Mateu-Gelabert, P., Guarino, H., Vakharia, S. P., & Teper, A. (2015). Sexual violence in the context of drug use among young adult nonmedical users of prescription opioids in New York City. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi: 10.1177/0886260515596334

 

Vakharia, S. P. (2014). Incorporating substance use content into social work curricula: Opioid overdose as a micro, mezzo, and macro problem. Social Work Education, 33, 692-698. doi: 10.1080/02615479.2014.919093

 

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

 

Edited Book Chapters


Little, J., Talley, J., Kellogg, S., Byrd, M., & Vakharia, S. P. (in press for fall 2017). Harm reduction therapy: Treating the complex problems of substance users following release from prison. In E. Drucker (Ed.), Decarceration.

 

Macgowan, M. J. & Vakharia, S. P. (2015). Evidence-based practice: Challenges and opportunities in the global context. In G. Palattiyil, D. Sidhva & M. Chakrabarti (Eds.), Social Work in a Global Context: Issues and Challenges.

 

Other Professional Writing and Invited Writing

HIV/AIDS NASW Policy Working group (March 2016 – present) NASW policy statement on HIV/AIDS. Substantially contributed harm reduction recommendations, LGBTQ population concerns, and current events to the development of the NASW policy statement on HIV/AIDS for the next edition ofSocial Work Speaks.

 

Vakharia, S. P. (March 2016). The findings of the Global Civil Society Survey. A report submitted to member state delegations and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on behalf of the Vienna and New York NGO Committees on Drugs in preparation for the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) held April 19-21, 2016.

 

Vakharia, S. P. (January 2016). United States Regional Consultation Survey Results. A report submitted to the Civil Society Task Force on priorities, areas of expertise, and other characteristics of NGOs in the United States in preparation for UNGASS.

 

Vakharia, S. P. * (August 2015). Civil Society Task Force Recommendations for the “Zero Draft” of the Outcome Document for UNGASS 2016. A report submitted to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs Intersessional Meeting in September 2015 on behalf of the Vienna and New York NGO Committees on Drugs.

*No formal attribution made to me as the author, instead the document is said to be on behalf of the Civil Society Task Force on Drugs

 

Vakharia, S. P. & Little, J. (2014). The integration of harm reduction practice and principles into social work with substance-using populations: A grand challenge for the profession. Submitted to American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare on July 1, 2014.

 

Peer-Reviewed Oral Presentations


Jones, S., Palley, E., Shepard, B., & Vakharia, S. P. Expanding the arena of policy in social work education. Policy Conference 2.0, Social work as action: Confronting Injustice, Austin, TX, May 2015

 

Jessell, L., Mateu-Gelabert, P., Guarino, H., Vakharia, S. P., & Teper, A. Sexual violence in the context of drug use among young adult nonmedical users of prescription opioids in New York City. Association for Medical Education & Research in Substance Abuse, San Francisco, CA, November 2014.

 

Vakharia, S. P. Graduate student beliefs about addiction and their willingness to work with addicted populations. Harm Reduction Coalition Conference, Baltimore, MD, October 2014.

 

Vakharia, S. P. The effectiveness of psychosocial harm reduction interventions for adult substance using populations. Harm Reduction Coalition Conference, Portland, OR, November, 2012.

 

Vakharia, S. P. Internalized Stigma and Clinical Harm Reduction. Symposium Panel Session. Harm Reduction Coalition Conference, Austin, TX, November 2010.

 

Peer-Reviewed Poster Presentations


Vakharia, S. PThe influence of gender on perceived treatment need among a community sample of substance users. Society for Social Work and Research, San Antonio, TX, January 2014.

 

Vakharia, S. P. & Thomlison, B. Theoretical and practical issues in selecting substance use measures for practice evaluation. Annual Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Washington, DC, November 2012.

 

Wong, S. E. & Vakharia, S. P. Improving web browsing for community resources by clients with severe mental disorders. Association for Behavior Analysis International Convention, Seattle, WA, May 2012.

 

Honor/Award


Honorary Member, Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society, LIU C.W. Post Campus, Brookville, NY (2016)

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Vakharia, S. P. & Little, J. (2016). Starting where the client is: Harm reduction guidelines for clinical social work practice. Clinical Social Work Practice, doi: 10.1007/s10615-016-0584-3

 

Wong, S. E., & Vakharia, S. P. (2015). Improving internet searches for community resources by persons diagnosed with mental disorders. Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 11(2), 100-108.

 

Jessell, L., Mateu-Gelabert, P., Guarino, H., Vakharia, S. P., & Teper, A. (2015). Sexual violence in the context of drug use among young adult nonmedical users of prescription opioids in New York City. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi: 10.1177/0886260515596334

 

Vakharia, S. P. (2014). Incorporating substance use content into social work curricula: Opioid overdose as a micro, mezzo, and macro problem. Social Work Education, 33, 692-698. doi: 10.1080/02615479.2014.919093

 

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

Edited Book Chapters


Little, J., Talley, J., Kellogg, S., Byrd, M., & Vakharia, S. P. (in press for fall 2017). Harm reduction therapy: Treating the complex problems of substance users following release from prison. In E. Drucker (Ed.), Decarceration.

 

Macgowan, M. J. & Vakharia, S. P. (2015). Evidence-based practice: Challenges and opportunities in the global context. In G. Palattiyil, D. Sidhva & M. Chakrabarti (Eds.), Social Work in a Global Context: Issues and Challenges.

 

Other Professional Writing and Invited Writing

HIV/AIDS NASW Policy Working group (March 2016 – present) NASW policy statement on HIV/AIDS. Substantially contributed harm reduction recommendations, LGBTQ population concerns, and current events to the development of the NASW policy statement on HIV/AIDS for the next edition ofSocial Work Speaks.

 

Vakharia, S. P. (March 2016). The findings of the Global Civil Society Survey. A report submitted to member state delegations and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on behalf of the Vienna and New York NGO Committees on Drugs in preparation for the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) held April 19-21, 2016.

 

Vakharia, S. P. (January 2016). United States Regional Consultation Survey Results. A report submitted to the Civil Society Task Force on priorities, areas of expertise, and other characteristics of NGOs in the United States in preparation for UNGASS.

 

Vakharia, S. P. * (August 2015). Civil Society Task Force Recommendations for the “Zero Draft” of the Outcome Document for UNGASS 2016. A report submitted to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs Intersessional Meeting in September 2015 on behalf of the Vienna and New York NGO Committees on Drugs.

*No formal attribution made to me as the author, instead the document is said to be on behalf of the Civil Society Task Force on Drugs

 

Vakharia, S. P. & Little, J. (2014). The integration of harm reduction practice and principles into social work with substance-using populations: A grand challenge for the profession. Submitted to American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare on July 1, 2014.

 

Peer-Reviewed Oral Presentations


Jones, S., Palley, E., Shepard, B., & Vakharia, S. P. Expanding the arena of policy in social work education. Policy Conference 2.0, Social work as action: Confronting Injustice, Austin, TX, May 2015

 

Jessell, L., Mateu-Gelabert, P., Guarino, H., Vakharia, S. P., & Teper, A. Sexual violence in the context of drug use among young adult nonmedical users of prescription opioids in New York City. Association for Medical Education & Research in Substance Abuse, San Francisco, CA, November 2014.

 

Vakharia, S. P. Graduate student beliefs about addiction and their willingness to work with addicted populations. Harm Reduction Coalition Conference, Baltimore, MD, October 2014.

 

Vakharia, S. P. The effectiveness of psychosocial harm reduction interventions for adult substance using populations. Harm Reduction Coalition Conference, Portland, OR, November, 2012.

 

Vakharia, S. P. Internalized Stigma and Clinical Harm Reduction. Symposium Panel Session. Harm Reduction Coalition Conference, Austin, TX, November 2010.



Peer-Reviewed Poster Presentations


Vakharia, S. PThe influence of gender on perceived treatment need among a community sample of substance users. Society for Social Work and Research, San Antonio, TX, January 2014.

 

Vakharia, S. P. & Thomlison, B. Theoretical and practical issues in selecting substance use measures for practice evaluation. Annual Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Washington, DC, November 2012.

 

Wong, S. E. & Vakharia, S. P. Improving web browsing for community resources by clients with severe mental disorders. Association for Behavior Analysis International Convention, Seattle, WA, May 2012.

 

Honor/Award

Honorary Member, Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society, LIU C.W. Post Campus, Brookville, NY (2016)



Honors/Awards

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