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Dr. Sara Matsuzaka, Assistant Professor, received her PhD in Social Work from Fordham University. Prior to joining Montclair State University, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Virginia Department of Psychology where she examined the links between experiences with gendered racism and mental health among Black women.

Her research aims to investigate how oppressive discourses and policies contribute to mental health and substance use inequities among sexual minorities of color and other multiply-marginalized groups. She teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, such as generalist social work practice and social work & social justice. She has worked as a licensed clinical social worker in addiction treatment settings as well as in private practice.

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Aims to investigate how oppressive discourses and policies contribute to mental health and substance use inequities among sexual minorities of color and other multiply-marginalized groups. 

Teaching

Teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, such as generalist social work practice and social work & social justice. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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