Researchers' Profiles

Sarah J. Cousins, M.P.H.

Project Director/Researcher

Sarah J. Cousins, M.P.H., M.C.H.E.S., received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She also holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Sociology and Political Science.  Ms. Cousins’ career began as a Research Coordinator at the Matrix Institute on Addictions, a nonprofit organization that provides research, training, and treatment for substance use disorders. Since coming to UCLA ISAP, she has worked on clinical trials and state and county evaluation projects, overseeing single and multi-site projects and assuring protocol, contractual and regulatory compliance.Ms. Cousins is trained on the development, implementation, and evaluation of community health interventions. She has a devoted interest in eliminating health disparities which guides her work on topics such as recovery support services or, more recently, a needs assessment among undocumented immigrants. During her tenure at UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP), she has been involved in all phases of research from grant development, development of research questions, data collection, statistical analyses, synthesis of findings and manuscript development. As the Project Director for the Los Angeles County Evaluation System, Ms. Cousins is responsible for overseeing LACES staff as well generating research questions and evaluation plans, monitoring progress toward contractual deliverables, analyses, manuscript and report writing, grant preparation, data analysis and regulatory compliance

  • University of California, Los Angeles, Public Health (Community Health Sciences)
  • University of California, Riverside, B.S., Sociology, B.A., Political Sciences (Minor Psychology)
  • Program planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • Health disparities among racial/ethnic minorities.
  • Recovery support services.
  • Program management of behavioral research trials as well as evaluation projects.
  1. Herbeck, D., Jeter, K., Cousins, S.J., Abdelmaksoud, R., Crèvecoeur-MacPhail, D., Rawson, R.A. (In Review). Gender differences in treatment and clinical characteristics among patients receiving extended release naltrexone.
  2. Crèvecoeur-MacPhail, D.A., Cousins, S.J., Denering, L., Weimann, S., Vazquez, E, Bennett, D., Brecht, M-L., Rawson, R.A., (In Preperation) Impact of Long Acting Naltrexone on Alcohol Use Urges and Behaviors in Treatment and at Follow-up.
  3. Hamilton, A.B., Calhoun, S.B., Cousins, S.J., Farabee, D. (In Preparation). The switch clicked off and it stayed really off. Personal challenges and changes in recovery from stimulant dependence.
  4. Cousins, S.J., Kim, T., Jeter, K., Crèvecoeur-MacPhail, D. (In Preparation). Disparities in the implementation of an evidence-based medication assisted treatment?
  5. Cousins, S.J., Radfar, S.R. Crèvecoeur-MacPhail, D., Ang, A., Darfler, K., Rawson, R.A. (Accepted 2015) Predictors of continued use of extended-released naltrexone (XR-NTX) for opioid-dependence: An analysis of heroin and non-heroin opioid users in Los Angeles County. Journal of Substance Abuse. [Epub ahead of print] DOI: 10.1016/j.jsat.2015.12.004
  6. Cousins, S.J., Denering, D., Crevecoeur-MacPhail, D., Viernes, J., Sugita, W., Barger, J., Kim, T., Martinez, J., Weismann, S., Rawson, R., (Accepted 2015). A Demonstration Project Implementing Extended-Release Naltrexone in Los Angeles County. Substance Abuse. [Epub ahead of print] DOI: 10.1080/08897077.2015.1052868
  7. Radfar, S.R., Cousins, S.J., Noroozi, A., Jafari, S., Rawson, R.A. (Accepted 2015) Phenomenology of methamphetamine use among patients undergoing methadone maintenance treatment in Iran: A qualitative study. International Journal of High Risk Behaviors and Addiction.
  8. Farabee, D., McCann, M., Brecht, M.L., Cousins, S., Antonini, V.P., Hemberg, J., Lee, A.B, Karno, M. & Rawson, R. (2013). An Analysis of Relapse Prevention Factors and Their Ability to Predict Sustained Abstinence Following Treatment Completion. The American Journal on Addictions. [Epub ahead of print] 22(3):206-11. PMID: 23617860
  9. Cousins, S. J., Antonini, V. P, Rawson, R (2012) Utilization, Measurement, and Funding of Recovery Supports and Services in California. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, [Epub ahead of print] 44 (4), 325-333. PMID:23210381
  10. Farabee, D., Cousins, S. J., Lee, A.B, Antonini, V.P., Karno, M., Brecht, M.L., Brummer, J., Hemberg, J. & Rawson, R. A (2012) Comparison of Four Telephone-based Coaching Styles for Recovering Stimulant Users. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.  [Epub ahead of print]  27(1):223-9 PMID:22867295
  11. Calsyn, D. A., Cousins, S. J., Hatch-Maillette, M. A., Forcehimes, A., Mandler, R., Doyle, S. R. and Woody, G. (2010), Sex under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol: Common for Men in Substance Abuse Treatment and Associated with High-Risk Sexual Behavior. The American Journal on Addictions, 19:119–127. PMID: 20163383
  12. Calsyn, D.A., Hatch-Maillette, M., Doyle, S.R., Cousins, S., Chen, T, and Godinez, M. (2010) Teaching Condom Use Skills: Practice is Superior to Observation. Substance Abuse, 31(4): 231 – 239. PMID: 21038177