Sean Esteban McCabe, PhD

Sean Estaban McCabe

Research Professor
Co-Director, Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking and Health
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences
Room 2241A 400NIB

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 764-4580

Interests:

  • Substance use disorder
  • Health disparities
  • Controlled substances
  • Sexuality
  • Survey methodology

Dr. McCabe is an internationally recognized scholar in the areas of epidemiology of substance use disorders, prescription medication use and misuse, sexual orientation, and survey methodology.   He has clinical experience treating adolescents, young adults and adults with substance use disorders.  He previously served as the Acting Director of the University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center and Office of Student Conflict Resolution  He is the Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking and Health (DASH) in the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan.  Dr. McCabe is the Associate Editor for an addiction journal and reviews grant applications for several organizations including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, and William T. Grant Foundation.  He has been the recipient of three NIH research awards.  He has been a principal investigator of twelve NIH-funded projects, participating investigator on a number of NIH-funded projects and authored or co-authored over 160 peer-reviewed articles.

Current Research Grants and Programs:

  • R01 - Sexual Orientation, Discrimination, and Health Disparities in DSM-5 Alcohol Use Disorders, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health (PI: McCabe), 2018-2021
  • R01 - Health, Stress, and Tobacco Use Disparities among Sexual Minority Populations, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (PI: McCabe), 2017-2020
  • R01 - E-Cigarette Use and Longitudinal Changes in Cigarette Smoking and Health, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (PI: McCabe), 2016-2020
  • R01 - Trajectories of Nonmedical Prescription Drug Misuse, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health (PI: McCabe), 2015-2019
  • R01 - Longitudinal Changes in Recovery from Drug Use Disorders: A National Study, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health (PI: McCabe), 2015-2019
  • R01 - Scenario-Tailored Opioid Messaging Program: An Interactive Intervention to Prevent Analgesic-Related Adverse Drug Events in Children and Adolescents National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health (PI: Voepel-Lewis, Co-I: McCabe), 2017-2020
  • R01 - Discrimination, Stress and Substance Use Disorder among Sexual Minority Adults: A Secondary Analysis of NESARC-III, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health (PI: Boyd, Co-I: McCabe), 2017-2020
  • R01 - Prescription Drug Misuse Characteristics in Adolescents and Young Adults: Influence of School Enrollment, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health (PI: Schepis, Co-I: McCabe), 2017-2020
  • R01 - Nonmedical Prescription Drug Misuse among Older Adults: Subtypes, Motives, and Diversion Sources, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health (PI: Schepis, Co-I: McCabe), 2017-2021

Teaching

Dr. McCabe has served as a faculty mentor on four NIH-funded substance use research training programs and he regularly mentors undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty.  He regularly lectures and serves on dissertation committees at the University of Michigan and other universities.  Dr. McCabe was the recipient of the University of Michigan Research Faculty Recognition Award and his approach to teaching/mentoring is that of a facilitator. He believes that the mentor – mentee relationship is collaborative, learner-centered, and is most often transformative for all involved. His philosophy reflects a life-long commitment to “lift as we climb,” using combined strengths to meet learning needs and to actively engage the learner (whether student or peer). His most significant teaching and mentoring contributions include: teaching graduate seminars, conducting interdisciplinary research, mentoring over 25 high school students, undergraduate students, graduate students as well as post-doctoral fellows, providing over 30 invited guest lectures and presentations, and publishing over 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals with student and/or mentee co-authors.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, Michigan Chapter of the Organization of Latino/a Social Workers, East Lansing, MI, 1995-present
  • Member, Research Society on Alcoholism, 2001-present
  • Member, Society for Social Work and Research, 2002-present
  • Member, College on Problems of Drug Dependence, 2004-present (several service roles)
  • Member, Ann Arbor Campus-Community Coalition, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2006-present
  • Member, Injury Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2016-present
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Addictive Diseases, 2017-present
  • Co-Director, Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking and Health, School of Nursing, University of Michigan, 2017-present
  • Member, Tobacco Research Network, School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2017-present
  • Member (Affiliate), Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities, School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2018-present
  • Reviewer, National Institutes of Health, Population Sciences and Epidemiology Integrated Review Group, Bethesda, MD, 2018-present

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Michigan Leadership Award, Organization of Latino Social Workers, 1996
  • Junior Investigator Award, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2001
  • Psychosocial Research Award, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2001
  • Women and Gender Junior Investigator Award, National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2004
  • Research Faculty Recognition Award, University of Michigan, 2007
  • Hall of Fame Inductee, Kenyon College, 2012

Education

  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, National Institute on Drug Abuse, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2002
  • PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2000
  • MA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1998
  • MSW, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1995
  • BA, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, 1992

Publication Highlights

  • Matthews, A.K., McCabe, S.E., Lee, J.G.L., Veliz, P. (In press). Differences in eligibility for low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening among older U.S. adults: role of sexual orientation. Cancer Causes & Control. PMCID: In Process.

  • McCabe, S.E., Hughes, T.L., Matthews, A.K., Lee, J.G.L., West, B.T., Boyd, C.J., Arslanian-Engoren, C. (In press). Sexual orientation discrimination and tobacco use disparities in the United States. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. PMCID: In Process.

  • Schepis, T.S., Teter, C.J., McCabe, S.E. (In press). Prescription drug use, misuse, and related substance use disorder symptoms vary by school enrollment status in U.S. adolescents and young adults. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. PMCID: In Process.

  • Teter, C.J., DiRaimo, C., West, B.T., Schepis, T.S., McCabe, S.E. (In press).  Nonmedical use of prescription stimulants among U.S. high school students to help study: results from a national survey. Journal of Pharmacy Practice. PMCID: In Process.

  • McCabe, S.E., West, B.T., McCabe, V.V. (In press).  Associations between early onset of e-cigarette use, cigarette smoking and other substance use among adolescents: A national study. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. PMCID: In Process.

  • Schepis, T.S., Teter, C.J., Simoni-Wastila, L., McCabe, S.E. (In press). Prescription tranquilizer/sedative misuse prevalence and correlates across age cohorts in the US. Addictive Behaviors. PMCID: In Process.

  • Ngo, Q.M., Austic, E.A., Stein, S.F., Veliz, P.T., McCabe, S.E., Boyd, C.J. (In press). The clinical relevance of divergence in parent-adolescent reports of adolescent anxiety and depression. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. PMCID: In Process.

  •  McCabe, S.E., Veliz, P., Schulenberg, J.A. (2018).  How collegiate fraternity and sorority involvement relates to substance use during young adulthood and substance use disorders in early midlife: A national longitudinal study. Journal of Adolescent Health, 62(3S):S35-S43. PMCID: In Process.

  • Voepel-Lewis,T., Zikmund-Fisher, B.J., Boyd, C.J., Veliz, P.T., McCabe, S.E., Weber, M., Tait, A.R. (2018). Effect of a scenario-tailored opioid messaging program on parents’ risk perceptions and opioid-decision-making. Clinical Journal of Pain, 34(6):497-504. PMCID: PMC5934298.

  • McCabe, S.E., Matthews, A.K., Lee, J.G.L., Veliz, P.T., Hughes, T.L., Boyd, C.J. (2018). Tobacco use and sexual orientation in a national cross-sectional study: Age, race and sexual identity-attraction differences. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 54(6):736-745. PMCID: PMC5962411.

  • McCabe, S.E., Teter, C.J., Boyd, C.J., Wilens, T.E., Schepis, T.S. (2018).  Sources of prescription medication misuse among young adults in the United States: The role of educational status. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 79(2):pii:17m11958. PMCID: PMC5932281.

  • McCabe, S.E., West, B.T. (2017). The 3-year course of multiple substance use disorders in the United States: A national longitudinal study. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 78(5):e537-e544. PMCID: PMC5453813.

  • McCabe, S.E., West, B.T., Veliz, P., McCabe, V.V., Stoddard, S., Boyd, C.J. (2017). Trends in medical and nonmedical use of prescription opioids among US adolescents: 1976-2015. Pediatrics, 139(4). pii: e20162387. PMCID: PMC5369669.

  • McCabe, S.E., West, B.T., Veliz, P., Boyd, C.J. (2017).  E-cigarette use, cigarette smoking, dual use and problem behaviors among U.S. adolescents: Results from a national survey. Journal of Adolescent Health, 61(2):155–162. PMCID: PMC5522777.

  • McCabe, S.E., Veliz, P., Schulenberg, J.E. (2016).  Adolescent context of exposure to prescription opioids and substance use disorder symptoms at age 35: a national longitudinal study. Pain, 157(10):2173-2178. PMCID: PMC5028228.

  • Additional published work.