Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.
Post-doctoral fellowship at the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies.
Dr.Wagner is a licensed psychologist in the States of Florida (active status) and Rhode Island (inactive status).
Human Behavior and the Social Enviroment I
Human Behavior and the Social Enviroment II
Treatment of Addiction
Prevention of Addiction
Theory Development & Research Methods in Social Welfare
Eric Wagner, Ph.D., is a Professor in FIU’s School of Social Work, where he serves as the Director of the Community-Based Intervention Research Group. He is a clinical psychologist who conducts community-based prevention and treatment research with adolescent populations with alcohol and other drug use problems. A particular emphasis of his research is intervention efficacy with underrepresented, underserved communities including Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, and African-Americans. Dr. Wagner’s work has been supported by federal grants from the U.S. and Mexican governments, and he has served as the Principal Investigator on seven NIH-funded R01 projects focusing on interventions for substance use problems. His primary funding sources have been the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Finally, Dr. Wagner has served as an adolescent substance abuse expert for organizations including the United States Department of Education, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the United Nations, and the American Psychological Association.
Representative Recent Publications
Graziano, J.N., & Wagner, E.F (2011). Trauma Among Lesbians and Bisexual Girls in the Juvenile Justice System. Traumatology 1534765610391817, first published on January 10, 2011 as doi:10.1177/1534765610391817
Kaplan, S. G., Engle, B., Austin, A., & Wagner, E. (2010). Motivational Interviewing in Schools. In M. Suarez and S. Naar-King (Eds.). Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Families. California: Guilford Press.
Austin, A., Hospital, M., Wagner, E.F., & Morris, S.L. (2010). Motivation for reducing substance use among minority adolescents: Targets for intervention. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 39, 399-407.
Austin, A., & Wagner. E.F. (2010). Treatment attrition among racial and ethnic minority youth. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 10, 63 – 80.
Engle, B., Macgowan, M.J., Wagner, E.F., & Amrhein, P.C. (2010). Group leader empathy, group commitment, and peer response as markers of marijuana use outcomes with adolescent substance abuse group treatment. Research on Social Work Practice, 20, 271-282.
Neumann, C.A., Leffingwell, T.R., Wagner, E.F. Jackson, M., & Joseph, J. (2009). Self-Esteem & Gender Influence the Response to Risk Information Among Alcohol Using College Students. Journal of Substance Use, 14, 353 – 363.
Wagner, E.F., & Austin, A.M. (2009). Problem Solving and Social Skills Training. In D. Springer & A. Rubin (Ed.), Clinician's Guide to Evidence-Based Practice Series: Substance Abuse Treatment for Youths and Adults. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Austin, A. M., Macgowan, M. J. & Wagner, E. F. (2009). Effective family-based interventions for adolescents with substance use problems: A systematic review. In M. G. Vaughn, M. Howard & B. Thyer (Eds.), Readings in evidence-based social work: Synthesis of the intervention knowledge base (pp. 55-84). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Wagner, E.F. (2008). Motivational interviewing. In Terry Mizrahi and Larry E. Davis, Editors (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Work, 20th edition. New York: Oxford University Press.
Brocato, J, & Wagner, E.F. (2008). Motivation and therapeutic alliance in predicting treatment retention among substance abusing clients in alternative to prison programs. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 35, 99-119.
Wagner, E.F. (2008). Developmentally Informed Research on the Effectiveness of Clinical Trials: A Primer for Assessing How Developmental Issues May Influence Treatment Responses Among Adolescents With Alcohol Use Problems. Pediatrics, 121, S337-S347.
His interests are in the areas of adolescent substance abuse and the empirical evaluation of community-based psychotherapeutic interventions.