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Sandra L. Momper

Associate Professor of Social Work

Sandra L. Momper

Sandra Momper, associate professor of social work, completed her PhD and MSW in social work at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Momper's research interests include gambling, substance abuse, PTSD, mental health, and health disparities among rural and urban American Indians. Her dissertation research on Maternal Gambling, Parenting in the Home Environment, and Child Outcomes in Native American Families was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). She recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center (UMSARC) that was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), where she studied substance abuse from a multidisciplinary perspective. While at UMSARC Dr. Momper received funds from the University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network to conduct a study entitled Potential Association of Tobacco Use and Gambling among Native American Populations. She is presently an investigator on a large population-based study of ecological stressors, PTSD, and drug abuse in the City of Detroit. The project, entitled "Detroit Neighborhood Health Study," is funded by NIDA and NIMH.

Dr. Momper is active in the American Indian community at the University of Michigan and is a board member of American Indian Health and Family Services of Detroit. She brings to her work 20 years of direct practice experience with African American families and children in urban settings, as well as extensive experience in community organizing. Dr. Momper's goals are to extend her present research to further understand the impact of ecologic stressors on the risk of gambling, substance abuse, and long-term mental and physical health among American Indians.

Research Interests/Focus

Gambling, substance abuse, PTSD, mental health and health disparities among rural and urban American Indians.

Contact Information

(734) 763-6578(734) 763-3372smomper@umich.edu2734 SSWBUniversity of Michigan
School of Social Work
1080 S. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 763-6578(734) 763-3372Ste C 2194University of Michigan
Substance Abuse Res Cntr
2025 Traverwood Dr Ste C
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Year Degree   School
2005 PhD Social Work University of Pittsburgh, PA
1991 MSW University of Pittsburgh, PA
1973 BS Social Work University of Slippery Rock, Slippery Rock, PA

Delva, J., Momper, S., Grinnell-Davis, C., & Padilla, M. (in press). Cultural variations and relevance to etiology. In S. Brown & R.A. Zucker (Eds.), Handbook of Adolescent Substance Abuse. Oxford Press.

Moghaddam, J. F., Momper, S. L. & Fong, T. (2015). Crystalizing the role of traditional healing in an urban Native American health center. Community Mental Health Journal, 51(3), 305-314. Springer.

Saftner, M., Martyn, K., & Momper, S. L. (2014). Urban dwelling American Indian adolescent girls' beliefs regarding healthcare access and trust. Journal of Indigenous Social Development, 3(1), 1-15.

Hartmann, W. E., Wendt, D. C., Saftner, M. A., & Momper, S. L. (2014). Advancing community-based research with urban American Indian populations: Multidisciplinary perspectives. American Journal of Community Psychology, 54, 72-80.

Saftner, M., Martyn, K. & Momper, S. L. (2014). Urban American Indian adolescent girls: Framing sexual risk behavior. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 26(4), 365-375.

Moghaddam, J., Momper, S. L. & Fong, T. (2013). Discrimination and participation in traditional healing for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Journal of Community Health, 38, 1115-1123.

Momper, S. L., Tauiliili, D. Delva, J., Mueller-Williams, A. C. & Goral, P. (2013). Oxycontin use on a rural midwest Indian reservation: Demographic correlates and reasons for using. American Journal of Public Health, 103(11), 1997-1999.

Momper, S., Delva, J., & Reed, B. G. (2012). OxyContin abuse on a reservation: Qualitative reports by American Indians in talking circles. Substance Use and Misuse, 46(11), 1372-1379.

Momper, S. L., Dennis, M. K., & Mueller-Williams, A. C. (2012). Service provider views of OxyContin use on an Indian reservation: Traumatic effects on the tribal community. Families in Society, 93(4), 312-318.

Dennis, M. K. & Momper, S. L. (2012). "It's bad around here now": Tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use among American Indians living on a rural reservation. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 11(2), 130-148.

Moghaddam, J. F., & Momper, S. L. (2011). Integrating spiritual and western treatment modalities in a Native American substance use center: Provider perspectives. Substance Use and Misuse, 46(11), 1431-1437.

Momper, S., Delva, J., Grogan-Kaylor, A., Sanchez, N., & Volberg, R. A. (2010). The association of at risk, problem and pathological gambling with substance use, depression, and arrest history. Journal of Gambling Studies, 24, 7-32.

Momper, S. L., & Dennis, M. K. (2010). American Indian women report on the community impact of a tribal casino. Race and Social Problems, 2(1), 59-68.

Momper, S. L. (2010). Implications of American Indian gambling for social work research and practice. Social Work: Special Issue on Integrative Reviews, 55(2), 139-146.

Delva, J., Allen-Meares, P., & Momper, S. L. (2010). Pocket Guide to Cross Cultural Research. New York: Oxford University Press.

Momper, S. L., Dennis, M. K., & Reed, B. G. (2010). This tobacco has always been here for us’, American Indian views on smoking: Risk and protective factors. Journal of Indigenous Voices in Social Work, 1(2), 1-18.

Momper, S. L., Nandi, V., Ompad, D. C., Delva, J., & Galea, S. (2009). The prevalence and types of gambling among undocumented Mexican immigrants in New York City. Journal of Gambling Studies, 25(1), 49-65.

Momper, S. L. (2009). [Review of the book Indigenous social work around the world: Towards culturally relevant education and practice, Mel Gray, John Coates, and Michael Yellow Bird (Eds),]. Qualitative Social Work, 8(4), 540-548.

Standish, K., Nandi, V., Ompad, D. C., Momper, S. L., & Galea, S. (2008). Household density among undocumented Mexican immigrants in New York City. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 12(3), 310-318.

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