Beth Wahler, Ph.D.

MSW Program Director / Associate Professor, IUPUI

ES 4138J
902 West New York Street, ES 4138J
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
Office: (317) 274-6713

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Wahler received a B.S. in psychology from the University of Evansville and her M.S.W. and Ph.D. in social work from the University of Kentucky.  She is currently the Director of the IUPUI MSW Program and has been on the faculty in the School of Social Work since 2012.  

Area of Interest:

Dr. Wahler’s main research interests involve the impact of poverty and other factors associated with social disadvantage on the development and perpetuation of mental health and substance abuse problems.  

Teaching Interest:

Dr. Wahler teaches research methods, policy, and group practice courses in the Mental Health and Addictions practice area.

Practice Experience:

Prior to earning her PhD, Dr. Wahler previously worked as both a practitioner and supervisor for over 14 years, with her most recent experience as Program Coordinator in a translational research program at the University of Kentucky Center on Drug and Alcohol Research. Her practice experience has primarily been with women attempting to overcome substance use disorders, mental health problems, learning disabilities and intimate partner violence victimization.

Publications / Presentations:

Gallagher, J. R., Wahler, E. A., & LeFevbre, E.(forthcoming). Improving graduation rates in drug court through employment and schooling opportunities and medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Journal of Social Science Research.

Larimer, S., Sullivan, W. P., Wahler, E. A., & McCabe, H. A. (forthcoming). No more silos: Animating integrated care practice in the classroom. Journal of Teaching in Social Work.

Wahler, E. A., & *Adhami, A. (forthcoming). Barriers to program completion of a voluntary capacity-building group intervention for individuals living in poverty. Journal of Poverty.

Gallagher, J. R., & Wahler, E. A. (forthcoming). Racial disparities in drug court graduation rates: The role of recovery support groups and environments. Social Work Practice in the Addictions.

Wahler, E. A., & W. Patrick Sullivan (2017). No time like the present: Improving the current system of care for low-income substance abusers with comorbid health conditions. Families in Society, 98(4), 292-299.

W. Patrick Sullivan & Wahler, E. A. (2016). Chronic care, integrated care, and mental health: Moving the needle now. Social Work in Mental Health. doi: 10.1080/15332985.2016.1265636

Wahler, E. A., & Badger, K. (2016). Exploring faculty perceptions of student incivility in social work: Results from a national survey. Advances in Social Work, 17(2). doi: 10.18060/20886

Wahler, E. A. (2016). A group-based intervention for persons living in poverty: Psychosocial improvements noted among participants of Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World. Journal of Social Work with Groups. doi: 10.1080/01609513.2016.1188750

McCabe, H. A., & Wahler, E. A. (2016). The Affordable Care Act, substance use disorders, and low-income clients: Implications for social work. Social Work, 61(3), 227-233. doi: 10.1093/sw/sww030

Gallagher, J. R., Wahler, E. A., *Marshall, B. M., *Leiter, N. E.,Deranek, M. S., & Harrington,L. L.(2015). Who is most likely to graduate from Teen Court? Journal of Forensic Social Work, 5(1-3), 49-66. doi:10.1080/1936928X.2015.1092904

Wahler, E. A., Otis, M. D., & Leukefeld, C. G. (2015). Learning problems as predictors of depressive symptomology in female TANF recipients. Journal of Poverty,19(2), 177-196. doi: 10.1080/10875549.2014.991890

Wahler, E. A. (2015). Social disadvantage and economic hardship as predictors of follow-up addiction severity after substance abuse treatment: Does referral to treatment by the criminal justice system matter? Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 33(1), 6-27.

Wahler, E. A. (2015). Retribution or rehabilitation? Conflicting goals of U. S. policies pertaining to drug felonies and their impact on women. Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy, 36, 1-12.

Wahler, E. A., & Otis, M. D. (2014). Social disadvantage, economic hardship, and psychological distress as predictors of sustained abstinence from substance use after treatment. Substance Use and Misuse, 49(13), 1820-1832.

Wahler, E. A. (2012). Identifying and challenging social work students’ biases. Social Work Education, 31(8), 1058-1070.

Staton-Tindall, M., Wahler, E. A., Webster, J. M.,Leukefeld, C. G., & Freeman, R. (2012). Telemedicine-based alcohol services for rural problem drinkers. Psychological Services, 9(3), 298-309.