Eileen Abel

Clinical Professor
Contact Information
Department of Study 
Adults and Healthy Aging
Research Interest 
Social Work Education
Intimate Partner Violence
Practice Evaluation
PhD, Case Western Reserve University, 1999
MSW, University of Maryland
BA, Syracuse University

EILEEN MAZUR ABEL is a clinical professor of social work at USC, where she teaches in both the Master of Social Work and Doctor of Social Work programs.

She has published extensively in the areas of domestic violence/intimate partner violence, HIV/AIDS, practice effectiveness, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Her research approaches include both quantitative and qualitative methods, and several grants and contracts have supported her research endeavors.

Abel has received numerous awards, including the Lois and Samuel Silberman Foundation Award and the Fahs-Beck Award for Research and Experimentation. As a tenured full professor at the University of Central Florida, she was the recipient of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award and three UCF Teaching Incentive Awards.  From 2000 to 2004, she was director of the UCF interdisciplinary public affairs doctoral program. Abel has served on 19 dissertation committees.

She holds a PhD in social welfare from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland.

Selected Publications

Jacobson, L., Daire, A.P., Abel, E.M., Lambie, G.W. & Young, M.E. (in press). A Social Learning Perspective on Childhood Trauma and Same-sex Intimate Partner Violence. Journal of Counseling & Development.

Jacobson, L., Daire, A.P., Abel, E.M. & Lambie, G.W. (2015). Gender expression differences in same-sex intimate partner violence victimization, perpetration, and attitudes among LGBTQ students. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 1553-8605, 9(3), 199. 

Jacobson, L., Daire, A.P. & Abel, E.M. (2015). Intimate Partner Violence: Implications for Counseling Self-Identified LGBTQ College Students Engaged in Same-Sex Relationships. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 1553-8605, 9(2), 118.

Lawrence, S.A. & Abel, E.M. (2015). The Behavioral Health Specialist in Primary Care: Skills for Integrated Practice. Mary Ann Burg & Oliver Oyama (Eds). Springer Publications.

Lawrence, S.A. & Abel, E.M. (2014). Behavioral Health and (childhood) Obesity: Implications for Social Work Practice. In Handbook in Behavioral Medicine, David Mostofsky (Ed). Wiley-Blackwell.

Francis, T. & Abel, E.M. (in press). Redefining success: a qualitative investigation of outcomes for drug court non-completing clients. Journal of Social Service Research.

Abel, E.M., Chung-Canine, U. & Broussard, K. (2013). Investigating the efficacy of a school-based psycho-educational group intervention for helping elementary aged children cope with family disruption. Journal of Evidenced-based Social Work, 136-144.

Lawrence, S.A. & Abel, E.M. (2012). Comparing outcomes of a web-based MSW course to face-to-face class outcomes: Implications for social work educators and advisors. Social Work Education: The International Journal. iFirst Article, 1–13.

Lawrence, S.A., Hazlett, R. & Abel, E.M. (2011). Obesity-related stigma as a form of oppression: Implications for social work education. Social Work Education: The International Journal. iFirst article, 1-12.

Lawrence, S.A. Abel, E.M. & Hall, T. (2010). Protective Strategies and Alcohol Use for College Students: Ethnic and Gender Differences. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. 9(4), 284–300.

Molina, O. & Abel, E.M. (2010). Abused Latina Women’s Perceptions of their Post-Divorce Adjustment. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 124-140.

Abel, E.M. (2009). Outcomes of a psycho-educational group intervention for helping children through family disruptions: An evaluation of the KidsKonnect Program, Jewish Family Services, Orlando, FL, pp. 42.

Josephs, L. & Abel, E.M. (2009). Investigating the relationship between intimate partner violence and HIV-risk propensity in Black/African-American women. Journal of Family Violence, 221-229.

Abel, E.M. & Campbell, M. (2009). An evaluation of a student-centered teaching approach in graduate social work education using mixed methods. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 3-17.

Abel, E.M. (2008). The argument for student-centered learning. Faculty Focus, 7(4), pp. 6-7.

Abel, E.M. (2008).  Outcomes of Project A.T.M.: A Program Evaluation, Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, Washington, D.C. pp. 48.

Abel, E.M. & Greco, M. (2008). A preliminary evaluation of an abstinence-oriented empowerment program for public school youth. Research on Social Work Practice, 223-230.

Abel, E.M. (2006). Empowering adolescents and their families: Outcomes of a quasi-experimental evaluation of F.A.M.E. a multi-dimensional school and community-based program. Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs Proceedings, 4-9.

D’Prix, A., Dunlap, K., Abel, E.M. & Edwards, R. (2004). Goodness of fit: Career goals of MSW students and the aims of the social work profession in the United States. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 276-290.