American Studies
American Studies

Diana DiNitto

Ph.D., Florida State University

Cullen Trust Centennial Professor in Alcohol Studies and Education; Professor; Social Work, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, African and African Diaspora Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies
Diana DiNitto



Social welfare policy, chemical dependency, violence against women


Diana M. DiNitto, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Teaching Professor and the Cullen Trust Centennial Professor in Alcohol Studies and Education at The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Social Work. She is also an affiliate faculty member in Women’s and Gender Studies and the American Studies Department.

Her research and teaching interests are in social welfare policy, alcohol and drug problems, and violence against women. Her books include Social Welfare: Politics and Public Policy, 7th ed., Chemical Dependency: A Systems Approach, 3rd ed., and Social Work: Issues and Opportunities in a Challenging Profession, 3rd ed. She previously worked in the substance abuse treatment programs at Apalachee Community Mental Health Services in Tallahassee, Florida, and was a faculty member at the Florida State University School of Social Work. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and University of Sydney (Australia). She is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Social Welfare Policy and Practice Group and the Lora Lee Pederson Teaching Excellence Award and has twice received a Texas Excellence Teaching Award.

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