Research Interests: Sara’s research focuses on the intersection of substance use disorders and the criminal justice system. She is interested in understanding the impact of substance abuse interventions most effective in addressing postrelease outcomes across the domains of social service utilization, social support, and community belonging. Additionally, she is interested in gender and racial differences in service utilization among formerly incarcerated individuals with substance use disorders; this line of research will assist in understanding how systems of care can best serve and meet the needs of justice-involved populations.
Brief Bio: Sara Beeler-Stinn received her BSW from SIU Carbondale in 2008 and completed her MSW and MPA degrees in 2010 at St. Louis University. Sara has previously worked in the community engagement and case management fields but, more recently, she worked at a family behavioral health center and oversaw the performance management and financial reporting of grant-funded programs, facilitated psychoeducational groups, assisted with research, and lead organizational quality improvement initiatives.
Little known facts: Sara enjoys water parks and powerlifting.