ISAP Researchers' Profiles

Sarah J. Cousins, M.P.H.

Ms. Sarah J. Cousins received her Master of Public Health degree, with a concentration in community health sciences, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She also holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Sociology and Political Science with a minor in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. Ms. Cousins is trained on the development, implementation, and evaluation of community health interventions. In 2012, she was awarded the Delta Omega award for her thesis on the association between racial discrimination and substance use disorder, using data from the National Survey of American Life. Ms. Cousins has been involved in all phases of research, from hypotheses generation to implementation and management of research protocols, as well as report and manuscript writing. Her career began as a Research Coordinator at the Matrix Institute on Addictions. Since coming to UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP), she has been involved in clinical trials and state and county evaluation projects, overseeing single and multisite projects. She has led several multisite projects, including a survey of prescription drug abuse among patients in treatment, and served as the interim Project Director for the close-out of a NIDA-funded project on telephone support for stimulant users in aftercare.  As the UCLA ISAP Project Director for the Los Angeles County Evaluation System (LACES), Ms. Cousins is responsible for overseeing LACES activities as well as data analysis, manuscript and report writing, presentations, grant preparation, and regulatory and contractual compliance. Ms. Cousins has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed research articles on safer sex skills among men in substance use treatment, telephone support for graduates of substance use treatment, medically assisted treatment in Los Angeles County, and the utilization of recovery support services in California.

Education and Training

  • 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.

Contact Info

UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs
11075 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Selected Publications

  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
Last updated - 02/17/2016

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