Sarah Reese


Jeanette Rankin Hall 026
Office Hours

Thursdays 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (or by appointment)

Curriculum Vitae
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Personal Summary

Sarah Reese is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work. Broadly, her research and teaching focus on community-based social work interventions to promote child and family well-being, with a specific focus on behavioral interventions for perinatal substance use disorder. 


Ph.D.                          College of Social Work, University of Utah, 2020

M.S.S.W.                    College of Social Work, University of Tennessee, 2010

B.S.S.W.                     College of Social Work, University of Tennessee, 2009


Courses Taught

Current Courses

SW 360: Social Work Practice with Groups and Communities 

SW 400: Social Work Reserach 

Past Courses

SW 510: Human Behavior in the Social Environment I

SW 520: Social Work Reserach 

SW 535: Advanced Integrated Practice 


Teaching Experience

University of Utah (average instructor rating: 5.6/6.0)

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Mental Health Practice I: Children & Adolescents
  • Advanced Mental Health Practice II: Adults & Older Adults
  • Research          
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Cognitive-Behavior Therapy  
  • Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, hybrid distance course
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment, online
  • Social Work Practice II with Groups 


Research Interests

Child and family well-beingperinatal health; intervention research; integrative behavioral health; mindfulness


Principal InvestigatorThe impact of a mindfulness-based intervention on opioid misuse during pregnancy and the mother-infant    relationship: A mixed methods pilot RCT. The Mind and Life Institute. Francisco J. Varela Award. ($15,000).  2017 – 2020. 

Field of Study

Child and family well-beingperinatal health; intervention research; integrative behavioral health; mindfulness



  1. Garland, E.L., Bryan, M.A., Priddy, S.E., Riquino, M.R., Froeliger, B., & Howard, M.O. (2019). Effects of Mindfulness-oriented recovery enhancement versus social support on  negative affective interference during inhibitory control among opioid-treated chronic pain patients: A pilot mechanistic study. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 53(10), 865-876.
  2. Garland, E.L., Reese, S.E., Bedford, C., & Baker, A.K. (2019). Adverse childhood experiences predict autonomic indices of emotion dysregulation and negative emotional cue-elicited craving among female opioid-treated chronic pain patients. Emotion Dysregulation and Emerging Psychopathology, 31(3), 1101-1110.
  3. Garland, E.L., Hanley, A.W., Riquino, M.R., Reese, S.E., Baker, A.K., Wheeler, K., Yack, B.P., Bedford, C.E., Bryan, M.A., Atchley, R., Nakamura, Y., Froeliger, B., & Howard M.O. (2018). Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement reduces risk of prescription opioid misuse among chronic pain patients by promoting positive psychological processes: Mechanistic analyses of proximal outcome data from a stage 2 RCT. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 
  4. Priddy, S.E., Howard, M. O., Hanley, A.W., Riquino, M.R., Friberg-Felsted, K., & Garland, E.L. (2018).  Mindfulness meditation in the treatment of substance use disorders and preventing future relapse: neurocognitive mechanisms and clinical implications. Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation, 16(9), 103-114.
  5. Priddy, S.E., Hanley, A.W., Riquino, M.R., Platt, K., Baker, A.K., & Garland, E.L. (2018). Reduced opioid craving and enhanced attention to positive information mediate the association between dispositional mindfulness and opioid misuse among chronic pain patients. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 188, 86-93.
  6. Riquino, M.R., Priddy, S.E., Howard, M.O., & Garland, E.L. (2018).  Emotion regulation as a transdiagnostic mechanism of opioid misuse and suicidality among chronic pain patients. Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Regulation, 5(11)
  7. Garland, E.L., Baker, A.K., Larsen, P., Riquino, M.R., Priddy, S.E., Thomas, E., Hanley, A.W., Garlbraith, P., Wanner, N., Nakamura, Y. (2017).  Randomized controlled trial of brief mindfulness training and hypnotic suggestion for acute pain relief in the hospital setting.  Journal of General Internal Medicine, 32(10), 1106-1113.
  8. Garland, E.L., Bryan, C.J., Finan, P., Thomas, E.A., Priddy, S.E., Riquino, M., & Howard, M.O(2017). Pain, hedonic regulation, and opioid misuse: Modulation of momentary experience by Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement in opioid-treated chronic pain patients. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 173, S65-S72.
  9. Garland, E.L., Howard, M.O., Priddy, S.E., McConnell, P.A., Riquino, M.R., & Froeliger, B.E. (2016).  Mindfulness training applied to addiction therapy: Insights into the neural mechanisms of positive behavioral change. Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics, 2016(5), 55-63.
  10. Garland, E.L., Riquino, M.R., Priddy, S., & Bryan, C.J. (2016). Suicidal ideation is associated with individual differences in prescription opioid craving and cue-reactivity among chronic pain patients. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 36(1), 23-29.


  1. Garland, E.L., Baker, A.K., Riquino, M.R., Priddy, S.E. (2017). Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement: A review of its theoretical underpinnings, clinical application, and biobehavioral mechanisms. In Ivatzan, I. (ed.), Handbook of Mindfulness-Based Programs: Every Established Intervention, from Medicine to Education. Routledge Press. 


Universtiy of Montana Center for Population Health Research 

The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities


Professional Experience

2019 – 2020                Clinical Supervisor

                                    Alpine Academy Residential Treatment Center, Erda, UT

2016 – 2020                Study Therapist

   Center for Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development

          University of Utah College of Social Work; Salt Lake City, UT

2013 – 2015                Behavioral Health Therapist

          Cherokee Health Systems; Knoxville, TN                             

2010 – 2013                Behavioral Health Therapist

                                     Pathways Community Health Center; Jackson, TN

2009 – 2010                MSSW Intern

                                     University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine; Knoxville, TN

2009                            BSSW Intern 

                                     Lisa Ross Birth and Women’s Center; Knoxville, TN


Honors / Awards

2020 College of Social Work PhD Faculty Award for Promise in Social Work

2019 University of Utah Graduate Research Dissertation Fellowship

2019 Society for Social Work Research Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship 



Sarah loves spending time with her family outdoors.