Five Minutes With Sarah Dauber
Welcome to Five Minutes With, where we take a few moments to better get to know the staff. Today we’d like to introduce Sarah Dauber, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Associate Director of Adolescent and Family Research.
What work do you do at CASAColumbia?
My work is broadly aimed at improving access to treatment for children and families whose mental health and substance use treatment needs may be complicated by involvement in the child welfare or justice systems. I am interested in developing and testing interventions that can help systems, such as child welfare and juvenile justice, better identify mental health and substance use treatment needs in the children and families they serve. I'm also intereested in ensuring that those needs are met with quality treatment.
What do you love most about your job?
I love that the work we do here at CASAColumbia has broad research or policy implications, while at the same time having direct impact on the lives of individual children and families. In many of the research studies that I’ve been involved in here, we’re asking questions to inform the field on which treatments work best, and how to best coordinate care across systems. But in trying to answer those questions, we’re also able to help individual families in a more immediate way, by connecting them to treatment that they needed, but had so far been unable to access.
What has been the most exciting thing you’ve worked on during your time at CASAColumbia?
I’m currently working on a very exciting study in partnership with state agencies in New Jersey focused on addressing substance use and depression in pregnant women and new mothers enrolled in home visiting programs. We are working on developing and testing tools for home visitors to use to better identify depression and substance use in their clients and help connect them with needed treatment services in their communities. The opportunity to work with state-level administrators, as well as on-the-ground providers in the home visiting programs has been very gratifying and eye-opening.
If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
I love to cook and experiment with new recipes, so I think I would be a chef.
What’s your favorite sports team?
I have two sons who are big Yankees fans, so that is my official answer. But I’m a native Bostonian, so I secretly root for the Red Sox.