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Barbara Kail

Barbara Kail, Faculty Profile

Associate Professor
Phone: 212-636-6651
Office: Lincoln Center 721D


BA, Bryn Mawr

MS, DSW, Columbia University

Research Interests

Research methodology

Substance abuse



Dr. Kail teaches both research and policy in the masters and doctoral program. Her research career has focused on female substance abuse, with a current emphasis on the treatment needs of Hispanic women and survivors of domestic violence.

She most recently evaluated a pilot program sponsored by three New York City agencies: the New York City’s Commission to Combat Family Violence; NYC Department of Health and Mental Health; and the NYC Human Resources Administration. Findings from this research exploring the integration of intimate partner violence services into alcohol and substance abuse treatment programs are currently being used to develop a Local Services Bulletin for the NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services.

Selected Publications

Kail, B., and Forgey, M. (2006, August). Bridging the Gap: Motivational Strategies to Address Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Montreal, Canada.

Kail, B. (2005, August). Facilitating the Adoption and Adaptation of Intimate Partner Violence Services into Substance Abuse Treatment Programs: Lessons Learned. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Philadelphia, PA.

Kail, B. and Elberth, M. (2003). Engaging and Treating the Substance-Abusing Latina. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 2, 19-30.

Kail, B. and Elberth, M. (2002). Moving the Latina Substance Abuser Toward Treatment: the Role of Gender and Culture. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 1, 3-16.

Kail, B. L. (2001). Statistics for Social Workers [Review of the book Statistics for Social Workers (5th ed.)]. Research on Social Work Practice, 11(5), 619-621.

Kail, B, Zayas, L and Malgady, B. (2000). Depression, Acculturation, and Motivations for Alcohol Use Among Young Colombian, Dominican, and Puerto Rican Men. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences,22, 64-77.