Drabble, Laurie

Drabble, Laurie

Professor, School of Social Work
Project Director, Social Work - Foundation


Preferred: laurie.drabble@sjsu.edu


Preferred: (408) 924-5836


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Social Welfare, Univ Of Cal-Berkeley, 2001
  • Master of Social Work, CSU-Long Beach, 1994
  • Master of Public Health, Univ Of Cal-Berkeley, California, United States, 1998


Dr. Laurie Drabble is a Professor in the School of Social Work at San Jose State University and Director of the Center for Applied Research in Human Services (CARHS), College of Health and Human Sciences. She is also an Affiliate Scientist with the Alcohol Research Group in Emeryville, CA. and is involved in collaborative research with colleagues at Columbia University (New York), Yale, and Glasgow Caledonian University (Scotland). Her  scholarly research focuses primarily on alcohol and other drug use among marginalized populations of women. Her National Institutes on Health (NIH) and ohter externally funded research focuses on factors that contribute, to or protect against, risk for hazardous alcohol use or drug use among sexual minority women. She has also lead several community-university partnered research projects focusing on collaboration between addiction treatment, child welfare and dependency court systems. 

Dr. Drabble is former Executive Director of the California Women´s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Dependencies and has worked statewide and nationally as an organizational consultant providing a wide range of technical assistance and training services related to women´s alcohol and drug issues, alcohol/drug prevention strategies, strategic planning, and non-profit management. Dr. Drabble received a BA in Social work at California State University, Los Angeles and a Masters in Social Work at California State University, Long Beach.  She earned a Ph.D. in Social Welfare and a Masters in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.

Selected publications include:

Drabble, L.A., Mericle, A.A., Munroe, C., Cerezo, A., Karriker-Jaffe, K.J., Hughes, T.L., Trocki, K.F., (2022). Examining the differential protective effects of women’s spirituality and religiosity on alcohol and marijuana use by sexual identity. Addictive Behaviors Reports. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.abrep.2022.100450 PMCID: PMC9399474

Karriker-Jaffe, K.J., Drabble, L.A., Li, L., Munroe, C., Mericle, A.A., Trocki, K.F., Hughes, T.L. (2022). Comparing substance use outcomes by sexual identity among women: Differences using propensity score methods. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 238, Article 109567. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2022.109567.PMCID: PMC9869911

Drabble, L.A., Munroe, C. Mericle, A.A., Zollweg, S., Trocki, K.F., Karriker-Jaffe, K.J. (2022). Impact of the policy environment on substance use among sexual minority women. Drug and Alcohol Dependence Reports, article number 100058. PMCID: PMC9262325. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dadr.2022.100058. 

Drabble, L.A., Mericle, A.A., Munroe, C., Wootton, A.R., Trocki, K.F., Hughes, T.L. (2022).  Examining perceived effects of same-sex marriage legalization among sexual minority women: Identifying demographic differences and factors related to alcohol use disorder, depression, and self-perceived health. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 19, 1285-1299. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13178-021-00639-x PMCID: PMC9672894

Drabble, L.A., Mericle, A.A, Karriker-Jaffe, K.J. Trocki, K.F. (2021). Harmful drinking, tobacco, and marijuana use in the 2000-2015 National Alcohol Surveys: Examining differential trends by sexual identity. Substance Abuse, 43(3), 317-328. PMCID: PMC7365749. https://doi.org/10.1080/08897077.2019.1709251..

Drabble, L.A., Mericle, A.A., Munroe, C., Wootton, A.R., Trocki, K.F., Hughes, T.L. (2021).  Measuring the impact of legal recognition of same-sex marriage among sexual minority women. GLBT Family Studies, 17(4), 371-392. PMCID: PMC861207. 1http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1550428X.2021.1935382

Drabble, L. A., Wootton, A. R., Veldhuis, C. B., Riggle, E. D. B., Rostosky, S., Lannutti, P. J., Balsam, K. F., Hughes, T. L. (2021) Perceived psychosocial impacts of legalized same-sex marriage: A scoping review of sexual minority adults’ experiences. PLOS ONE, 16(5), Article number e0249125. PMCID: PMC8101749

Riggle, E.D.B., Drabble, L.A., Bochicchio, L.A., Wootton, A.R., Veldhuis, C.B., Munroe, C., Hughes,T.L. (2021). Experiences of the COVID-19 Pandemic Among African American, Latinx, and White Sexual Minority Women: A Descriptive Phenomenological Study. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 8(2), 145-158. PMC8570582

Drabble, L.A., Mericle, A.A., Gomez, W., Klinger, J.L., Trocki, K.F., Karriker-Jaffe, K.J. (2021). Differential effects of state policy environments on substance use by sexual identity: Findings from the 2000-2015 National Alcohol Survey. Annals of LGBTQ Public and Population Health, 2(1), 53-74. PMCID: PMC8356226

Drabble, L.A., & Eliason, M.J. (2021) Introduction to special issue: Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on LGBTQ+ health and well-being. Journal of Homosexuality, 68(4), 545-559. 

Bochicchio, L. A., Drabble, L. A., Riggle, E. D. B., Munroe, C., Wootton, A. R., & Hughes, T. L. (2021). Understanding alcohol and marijuana use among sexual minority women during the COVID-19 pandemic: A descriptive phenomenological study. Journal of Homosexuality, 68(4), 631-646. PMCID: PMC8015866

Karriker-Jaffe, K.J., Drabble, L.A., Trocki, K.F., Hughes, T.L., Greenfield, T.K.  (2021). Harm from others’ drinking among sexual minority adults in the United States. LGBT Health, 8(1), 50–59. https://doi.org/10.1089/lgbt.2020.0011. PMCID: PMC7826418

Trocki, K.F., Mericle, A.A., Drabble, L.A., Klinger, J.L., Veldhuis, C.B., Hughes, T.L., Karriker-Jaffe, K.J. (2020). Investigating differential protective effects of marriage on substance use by sexual identity status. The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research, 8(2), 69-80. DOI: https://doi.org/10.7895/ijadr.267. PMCID: PMC7837608.

Hughes, T., Veldhuis, C.B., Drabble, L.A., Wilsnack, S.C. (2020). Research on Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Use among Sexual Minority Women: A Global Scoping Review. PLOS ONE,15(3), Article e0229869. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0229869. PMCID: PMC7080264

Drabble, L.A., Wootton, A.R., Veldhuis, C.B., Perry, Ellen, Riggle, E., Trocki, K.F., Hughes, T.L. (2020) It's complicated: The impact of marriage legalization among sexual minority women and gender diverse individuals in the United States. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity 7(4), 396–406. https://doi.org/10.1037/sgd0000375. PMCID: PMC7992926. 

Riggle, E. D. B., Drabble, L.A., Matthews, A.K., Veldhuis, C.B., Nisi, R.A., Hughes, T.L. (2020) First comes marriage, then comes the election: Macro-level event impacts on African- American, Latina/x and White sexual minority women. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 18, 112–126. DOI: 10.1007/s13178-020-00435-z

Drabble, L. A., Veldhuis, C. B., Wootton, A. R., Riggle, E.D.B., Hughes, T. L. (2019). Mapping the landscape of support and safety among sexual minority women and gender non-conforming individuals: Perceptions after the 2016 election. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 16, 488-500.

Wootton, A. R., Drabble, L. A., Riggle, E.D.B., Veldhuis, C. B., L. A., Bitcon, C., Trocki, K. F., Hughes, T. L. (2019). Impacts of marriage legalization on the experiences of sexual minority women in work and community contexts. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 15(3): 211-234. DOI: 10.1080/1550428X.2018.1474829. PMCID: PMC6508647.

Mericle, A.A., de Guzman, R., Hemberg, J., Yette, E., Drabble, L. Trocki, K. (2019) Delivering LGBT-sensitive substance use treatment to sexual minority women. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 30 (4), 393-408.

Veldhuis, C.B., Hughes, T.L., Drabble, L., Wilsnack, S.C., Riggle, E.D.B., & Rostosky, S.S. (2019) Relationship status and drinking-related outcomes in a community sample of lesbian and bisexual women. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36(1), 244-268. Doi.org/10.1177/0265407517726183.  PMCID: 6298438

Drabble, L. A., Trocki, K. F., Salcedo, B, Morales, Bo. R., & Korcha, R.A. (2018) Strengths and coping strategies in the life narratives of sexual minority women. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 30(4), 409-429.  DOI: 10.1080/10538720.2018.1509757. PMCID: PMC6508655

Drabble, L.A., Trocki, K.F., Korcha, R. A., Klinger, J. L., Veldhuis, C.B., Hughes, T. L. (2018). Comparing substance use and mental health outcomes among sexual minority and heterosexual women in probability and non-probability samples. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 185, 285-292. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.12.036. PMCID: PMC 5889720

Thomas, S., Treffers, R., Berglas, N.F., Drabble, L., and Roberts, S.C.M. (2018) Drug Use during pregnancy policies in the United States from 1970-2016. Contemporary Drug Problems, 45(4), 441-459. DOI:10.1177/0091450918790790. 

Veldhuis, C.B., Drabble, L., Riggle, E.D.B., Wootton, A.R., Hughes, T.L. (2018) “I fear for my safety, but would like to show bravery for others”:  Violence and discrimination concerns among transgender gender non-conforming individuals after the 2016 presidential election. Violence and Gender (5)1, 26-36. DOI: 10.1089/vio.2017.0032.

Riggle, E. D. B., Rostosky, S. S., Drabble, L. Veldhuis, C. B., & Hughes, T. L. (2018): Sexual minority women's and gender-diverse individuals' hope and empowerment responses to the 2016 presidential election. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 14(1-2), 152-173. DOI: 10.1080/1550428X.2017.1420853

Veldhuis, C.B., Drabble, L., Riggle, E.D.B., Wootton, A.R., Hughes, T.L. (2018). "We won't go back into the closet now without one hell of a fight": Effects of the 2016 presidential election on sexual minority women's and gender minorities' stigma-related concerns. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 15 (1), 12-24. 

Drabble, L., Veldhuis, C. B., Riley, B. B., Rostosky, S., Hughes, T. L. (2018). Relationship of religiosity and spirituality to hazardous drinking, drug use, and depression among sexual minority women. Journal of Homosexuality, 65 (13), 1734-1757 DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2017.1383116. PMCID: PMC5889720.

Riggle, Ellen D.B., Drabble, Laurie, Veldhuis, Cindy B., Wootton, Angie, Hughes, T.L. (2018) The impact of marriage equality on sexual minority women's relationships with family of origin. Journal of Homosexuality, 65(9), 1190-1206. Special Issue on LGBTQ Family. DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2017.1407611. 

Drabble, L. A., Cohen, E., Nguyen, H.T., Faires, D., Tran, T., Ngo, P. T. A. (2017) Partnering with educational leaders to advance social work education in Vietnam. Whaneke: The Pacific Journal of Community Development, 3(2), 8-19. 

Roberts, S.C.M. Thomas, S. Treffers, R., & Drabble, L. (2017). Forty years of state alcohol and pregnancy policies in the U.S.: best practices for public health or efforts to restrict women’s reproductive autonomy. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 52(6), 715-721. doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/agx047

Drabble, L. Trocki, K.F., Klinger, J.L. (2016) Religiosity as a protective factor for hazardous drinking and drug use among sexual minority women: Findings from the National Alcohol Survey. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 161, 127-124. 

Drabble, L., Trocki, K.F., Salcedo, B, Walker, P.C., Korcha, R.A. (2016). Conducting qualitative interviews by telephone: Lessons learned from a qualitative study of alcohol use among sexual minority women. Qualitative Social Work, 15(1), 118-133. 

Drabble, L., Haun, L., Kushin, H., Cohen, E. (2016). Measuring client satisfaction and engagement: The role of a Mentor Parent Program in Family Drug Treatment Court. Juvenile & Family Court Journal, 61(1), 19-32.

Drabble, L.A., Thomas, S., O'Connor, L., Roberts, S.C.M. (2014). State responses to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Findings from the Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS). Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 14(2), 191-206.  

Drabble, L., & Trocki, K. (2014). Alcohol in the life narratives of women: Commonalities and differences by sexual orientation.  Addiction Research and Theory, 22(3), 186-194. (DOI: 10.3109/16066359.2013.806651).

Drabble, Laurie & Herd, Denise. (2014). Strategies Employed by Inner-City Activists to Reduce Alcohol-Related Problems and Advance Social Justice, Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 13:4, 362-384 (DOI: 10.1080/15332640.2014.958637)

Drabble, L., Lemon-Osterling, K, D’Andrade, A., Donoviel, B, & Le, J. (2013). Child Welfare Partnership for Research and Training: A Title IV-E university/community collaborative research model. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 7(4), 411-429.

Drabble, L., Trocki, K. R., Hughes, T. L., Korcha, R. A., Lown, A. E. (2013). Sexual orientation differences in the relationship between victimization and hazardous drinking among women in the National Alcohol Survey. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. (published online before print- doi: 10.1037/a0031486)

Drabble, L., Jones, S., & Brown, V. (2013). Advancing Trauma-Informed Systems Change in a Family   Drug Treatment Court Context. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 13(1), 91-113.

Drabble, L., & Eliason, Michele J. (2012) Sexual Minority Women and Treatment for Substance Use Disorders: A Review of Literature. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 6(4),274-292.

 Drabble, L, Sen, S., Oppenheimer, S.Y. (2012). Integrating a transcultural perspective into the social work curriculum: A description and exploratory study. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 32(2), 204-221.

Condit, M., Kitaji, K., Drabble, L., & Trocki, K. (2011) Sexual Minority Women and Alcohol: Intersections between drinking, relational contexts, stress, and coping.  Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 23(3), 351-375

Drabble, Laurie (2011) Advancing Collaborative Practice Between Substance Abuse Treatment and Child Welfare Fields: What Helps and Hinders the Process? Journal of Social Work Administration, 35(1), 88-106.

Trocki, K., Drabble, L., & Midanik, L.T. (2009) Tobacco, marijuana use and sensation-seeking: Comparisons across gay, lesbian, bisexual and heterosexual groups. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 23(4), 620-631.

Trocki, K. & Drabble, L. (2008). Bar patronage and motivational predictors of drinking in the San Francisco bay area: Gender and sexual identity differences. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 40 (SARC Supplement 5), 345-356.

Drabble, L. (2007). Pathways to collaboration: Exploring values and collaborative practice between child welfare and substance abuse treatment fields. Child Maltreatment, 12(1), 31-42.

Midanik, L.T., Drabble, L., & Trocki, K, Sell, R. (2006). Sexual orientation and alcohol use: Identity versus behavior measures. Journal of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Research, 3(1), 25-35.

Drabble, L., Midanik, L. T., & Trocki, K. (2005). Reports of alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems among homosexual, bisexual and heterosexual respondents: Results from the 2000 National Alcohol Survey. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 66, 111-120.

Trocki, K, Drabble, L., & Midanik, L. T. (2005). Use of heavier drinking contexts among heterosexuals, homosexuals and bisexuals: Results from a national household probability survey. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 66, 105-110.