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Sandra L. Momper

Associate Professor of Social Work

Sandra L. Momper, PhD, Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan, completed her MSW and PhD at the University of Pittsburgh.

She has 20 years of mental health experience with American Indian and African American families as well as community organizing experience. Her aim is to reduce health disparities, provide culturally appropriate interventions for AI/ANs and impact policy changes regarding funding opportunities for physical and mental health and substance abuse treatment for AI/AN youth and families. She is the 2015 recipient of the University of Michigan Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award.

She is an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Her dissertation research on Maternal Gambling, Parenting in the Home Environment, and Child Outcomes in Native American Families was funded by the NIMH. She moved to Michigan in 2006 for a NIDA funded Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center (UMSARC) where she studied substance abuse from a multidisciplinary perspective. While at UMSARC she 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. UMSARC and the Vivian A. and James L. Curtis School of Social Work Research and Training Center funded a study entitled OxyContin Use and Abuse on a Great Lakes Indian Reservation: Prevalence and Treatment Barriers. In 2008 she received a NIDA funded Diversity Supplement and was an investigator on a study of Ecologic Stressors, PTSD, and Drug Use in Detroit. Since 2007 she has been active at American Indian Health and Family Services of Southeast Michigan, Inc. (AIHFS). She was the Co-PI and Evaluator for AIHFS’ Circles of Care Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant, the Inter-tribal Council of Michigan’s Systems of Care Expansion Planning SAMHSA grant, and AIHFS’ Garrett Lee Smith State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention SAMHSA grant. She is presently the Co-PI and Evaluator for the Expansion of Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families SAMHSA grant in collaboration with AIHFS and the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority entitled When We Work Together, Then We Are Wise “Pii Maamwinokiyaang, Miidash Nibwaakaayaang.” She also is the Co-PI and Evaluator for AIHFS’ second GLS SAMHSA grant entitled “Manidookewigashkibjigan” Sacred Bundle: R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Project. Her research interests include gambling, substance abuse, PTSD, suicide, mental health, and health disparities among rural and urban American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth and families.

Research Interests/Focus

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

Curriculum Vitae

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.

Momper, S. L., Mueller-Williams, A. C., & Dennis, M. K. (2016). American Indian elders share personal stories of alcohol use with younger tribal members. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse.

Burrage, R. L., Gone, J. P., & Momper, S. L. (2016). Urban American Indian community perspectives on resources and challenges for youth suicide prevention. American Journal of Community Psychology, 58(1-2), 136-149.

Dennis, M. K., Momper, S. L., & Mueller-Williams, A. C. (2016). An urban American Indian health clinic’s response to a community needs assessment. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, 23(5), 15-33.

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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