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Begun, Audrey, PhD

Begun, Audrey, PhD

Professor Emeritus

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Dr. Audrey Begun’s career began with her training in social work and developmental psychology at the University of Michigan. When she moved to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee she continued her research concerning sibling relationships and as part of the state’s initiatives around early intervention with families of children experiencing developmental disabilities. She became a founding Center Scientist with the University’s Center for Addiction and Behavioral Health Research (CABHR), engaging in community partnership studies concerning the prevention of intimate partner violence, the role of moral reasoning in adolescent substance use decisions, and testing the efficacy or effectiveness of interventions for the treatment of substance use disorders. In another line of research, she has studied ways in which education about alcohol and other substance use disorders are infused in preparing social workers to recognize and address these problems.

Since joining the College of Social Work faculty at The Ohio State University she has extended her earlier Milwaukee work with helping women address substance-related treatment needs as they reenter the community after release from jail, working with colleagues and community organizations to understand discrepancies between service needs and service engagement among men and women returning to the community following incarceration. She has engaged in research regarding prisoner visitation patterns, developing norms for the Safe At Home instrument for assessing batterers’ readiness to change their intimate partner violence behaviors, the impact of student indebtedness in doctoral education and early career development, and a multi-phase intervention project (Empowering Mothers to Establish Smoke-free Homes [EMESH]) in partnership with the neonatal intensive care unit at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Over the years, her work has been funded by NIDA, NIAAA, CDC, BJA, OACBHA, pharmaceutical companies, Coca Cola’s Making a Difference Foundation, and others. Dr. Begun’s publications include numerous peer-reviewed articles, editing of the MSW curriculum on alcohol use disorders for NIAAA, co-authorship of books guiding scholars in conducting sound research (Conducting Substance Use Research; Participant Recruitment and Retention in Intervention and Evaluation Research), and publications related to the AASWSW Grand Challenges. She is co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Social Work and Addictive Behaviors (expected 2020 publication) and a member of the leadership team for CSWE’s upcoming Substance Use curriculum guide for social work education. Among other research-related service, Dr. Begun has served as co-chair of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Substance Misuse and Addictive Behaviors cluster, the SSWR Special Interest group on Addictive Behaviors and Substance Misuse, editorial board of the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, and the Franklin County Addictions and Mental Health Board.


PhD - University of Michigan, 1987 - Social Work and the Social Sciences
MSW - University of Michigan, 1978 - Families, Children, and Youth; Research
BS - University of Michigan, 1976 - Psychology

Areas of Expertise

Addiction science (intervention)
Incarcerated women
Readiness to change battering behavior
Sibling relationships
Preventing tobacco smoke exposure for infants and young children
Social work education particularly in addiction