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Joelle Zabotka, Ph.D., LCSW, LCADC

Associate Professor

School of Social Work
McAllan Hall 310

Joelle Zabotka, Ph.D., LCSW, LCADC


Ph.D. in Social Work, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

Masters of Science in Social Work (MSSW) with Concentration in Advanced Clinical Practice, Columbia University, New York, NY

Bachelor of Arts, Drew University, Madison, NJ

Scholarship and Research Interests

Joelle’s research focuses on biological mothers’ experiences with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, parenting, and clinical topics in Social Work.  As she has developed Monmouth’s relationship with faculty and students of KatHo University in Germany a new area of scholarship interest includes global mental health and the experiences of clinical social work students in Germany.



Book Contribution:

Zabotka, J. (2020). Case Vignette In J.L.M. McCoyd, J. M. Koller, & C.A. Walter, Grief and loss across the lifespan: A biopsychosocial perspective (3rd ed).  New York: Springer Publishing Co.

Scholarly Articles

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles: 

Zabotka, J.M., Bradley, C & Escueta, M. (2017) How could I have done this?:  experiences of mothers of children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.  Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 3, 258-274.

Zabotka, J. (2019) Mothers’ perspectives:  understanding their role in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.  Klinische Sozialarbeit.

Zabotka, J. (2020) Mother’s perspectives:  coping with the impact of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.  Under review.

Urbanski, P., Zabotka, J. & Henning, J. (2020)  Alumni reflections on transformative experiences.  Under review.

Invited Talks / Presentations

Invited Lectures:

Zabotka, J. (11/19) Challenges of Constructing Qualitative Inquiry with Vulnerable Populations.  Rutgers University DSW program, New Brunswick, NJ.

Zabotka, J. (11/18) Qualitative Inquiry with Vulnerable Populations.  Rutgers University DSW program, New Brunswick, NJ. 


Hogan, C., Ragudaran, S. & Zabotka, J. (10/19) Creation and Evolution of a Gatekeeping Process:  Upholding NASW Value and Ethics.  Presentation at CSWE Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO. 

Urbanski, P., Zabotka, J. & Henning, J.  (11/18)  Self Described Experiences of Transformative Learning with Social Work Alumni.  Presentation at CSWE Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, FL. 

Zabotka, J. (11/18) Changing Behavior in Young Children.  Monmouth University Annual School of Social Work Alumni Lecture. 

Deepak, A. & Zabotka, J. (2/17) Cultural Diversity for Law Enforcement.  Presentation construction for inclusion in statewide training of law enforcement personnel through NJ CLEAR Institute.  

Zabotka, J. & Deepak, A. (11/3/16) Connecting the Past with the Present:  Community as Expert.  Presentation at CSWE Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Zabotka, J. & Gasperini, D (8/1/16) Kazdin Parent Management Training.  Presentation as Professional Education Program at Monmouth University. 

Zabotka, J., Ragudaran, S. & Elliot, W. (7/17/16)  The ABC’s of Creating a Hybrid Template.  Presentation at BrightSpace D2L Annual Conference, Washington, DC.  Zabotka, J. (2014).  Feelings, Thoughts, and Coping Methods of Birth Mothers Who Have Children Diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.  Workshop Presentation at the New York State Social Work Education Association, Saratoga Springs, NY.


Writing and Research in Progress:

Ward, K., & Zabotka, J.M. – Observation skills for social workers during home visits. 

Zabotka, J. – MSW students experiences abroad.

Zabotka, J. – Experiences of social work students in Germany.

Schoenig, W. & Zabotka, J.  – Development of social work exchange program between US and Germany.  

Grants and Projects

Grants & Projects:

CSWE SAMHSA Grant—Substance Use Disorders Expansion of Practitioner Education in Social Work (2019-2021)

Founding Board Member—Friends of the CedarView Cemetery:  Restoration of Historic CedarView Cemetery

Current Clinical Social Work Activity

  • Clinical Social Work Practice
  • Intensive-In Community Therapist
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker

In Home and in office child, adolescent and family clinical practice with a full range of presenting issues—focused attention to developmental and parenting issues.