Dorian Traube

Associate Professor of Social Work

Dr. Traube focuses on the behavioral health of high-risk adolescents

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Dorian Traube
Phone:  +1 213.740.1989
Rank:  Tenure Track Faculty
Department:  Children, Youth and Families
Assignment:  Ground

Dorian Traube

Associate Professor of Social Work

Dr. Traube focuses on the behavioral health of high-risk adolescents

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Dorian Traube is executive vice dean and an associate professor in the Suzanne Dworak Peck School of Social Work, Department of Children, Youth, and Families. She is also the director of Parents as Teachers @ USC Telehealth the first partnership of its kind between a national home visitation model and a university based telehealth clinic. Her research agenda focuses on the utilization of technological solutions to provide early childhood health, education, and parent support services. She has expertise in children’s mental health, child maltreatment prevention, family support interventions, and youth substance abuse prevention and intervention. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Parsons Foundation, and the Overdeck Foundation. Dr. Traube sits on the board of directors of Child 360, the California Emerging Technology Fund, and Project ABC. Dr. Traube teaches the classes “Social Work Practice with Children and Families in Early and Middle Childhood” and “Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups.” In 2006, she was awarded the University of Southern California’s Mellon Mentoring Award in recognition of her efforts to build a supportive environment for graduate student mentoring. Dr. Traube received her doctorate and master's degree in social work from Columbia University, where she was awarded the National Institute of Mental Health pre-doctoral fellowship in mental health services research. Before pursuing her doctorate degree, she was a clinical social worker in a pediatric HIV clinic at New York Presbyterian Hospital and a research analyst at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Division of Health Services Research. Dr. Traube is a licensed clinical social worker in California and New York. To reference the work of Dorian Traube online, we ask that you directly quote their work where possible and attribute it to "Dorian Traube, a faculty at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work” (LINK:



Columbia University

Ph. D. 2006

Columbia University

M. S. S. W. 2001

University of California, Berkeley

B. A. 1999

Area of Expertise

  • Parent Education
  • Telehealth
  • Children’s Mental Health
  • Infant Mental Health
  • Home Visitation
  • Child Welfare

Industry Experience

  • Research
  • Social Services
  • Education/Learning
  • Public Policy

Research Interest

  • Behavioral Health
  • Mental Health


Champion of the Children Award, Drew Child Development Corporation
Dorian Traube received the Champion of the Children Award from Drew Child Development Corporation.
Mellon Mentoring Award for Faculty Mentoring Graduate Students, University of Southern California

Articles & Publications

A national study of risk and protective factors for substance use among youth in the child welfare system | Addictive Behaviors
Dorian E. Traube, James, S., Zhang, J., & Landsverk, J.
2012 While child welfare services are intended, in part, to diminish maltreatment's negative impact on adolescents' development, there is evidence that receiving child welfare services affects adolescents' substance use adversely. The literature on the extent and correlates of this problem is still emerging. The present study aims to fill part of this gap by examining the association between baseline psychosocial risk and protective factors on engagement in substance use behavior over a period of 36 months for child welfare involved youth...

Utilizing Social Action Theory as a framework to determine correlates of illicit drug use among young men who have sex with men | Psychology of Addictive Behaviors
Dorian E. Traube, Ian W. Holloway, Sheree M. Schrager, & Michele D. Kipke
2012 Young men who have sex with men (YMSM) continue to be at elevated risk for substance use; however, models explaining this phenomenon have often focused on a limited array of explanatory constructs. This study utilizes Social Action Theory (SAT) as a framework to address gaps in research by documenting the social, behavioral, and demographic risk factors associated with illicit drug use among YMSM. Structural equation modeling was used to apply SAT to a cross-sectional sample of 526 men from the Healthy Young Men Study, a longitudinal study of substance use and sexual risk behavior among YMSM in Los Angeles...

Community and individual factors associated with cigarette smoking among young men who have sex with men | Journal of Research on Adolescence
Holloway, I. W., Traube, D. E., Rice, E., Schrager, S. M., Palinkas, L. A., Richardson, J., & Kipke, M. D.
2012 Young men who have sex with men (YMSM) have higher rates of cigarette smoking than their heterosexual counterparts, yet few studies have examined factors associated with cigarette smoking among YMSM. The present study sought to understand how different types of gay community connection (i.e., gay community identification and involvement, gay bar or club attendance) were associated with smoking among YMSM recruited through venue-based sampling in Los Angeles, California (N = 526). Structural equation modeling was used to isolate direct and indirect effects of gay community connection on smoking through cognitive and psychological mediators (i.e., psychological distress, health values, internalized homophobia). Findings indicate YMSM cigarette smoking prevention and intervention must be tailored to address the direct and indirect influences of the gay community...

Theory development for HIV behavioral health: empirical validation of behavior health models specific to HIV risk | AIDS Care
Dorian E. Traube, Ian W. Holloway, & Lana Smith
2010 In the presence of numerous health behavior theories, it is difficult to determine which of the many theories is most precise in explaining health-related behavior. New models continue to be introduced to the field, despite already existing disparity, overlap, and lack of unification among health promotion theories. This paper will provide an overview of current arguments and frameworks for testing and developing a comprehensive set of health behavior theories. In addition, the authors make a unique contribution to the HIV health behavior theory literature by moving beyond current health behavior theory critiques to argue that one of the field's preexisting, but less popular theories, Social Action Theory (SAT), offers a pragmatic and broad framework to address many of the accuracy issues within HIV health behavior theory. The authors conclude this article by offering a comprehensive plan for validating model accuracy, variable influence, and behavioral applicability of SAT.

Cross-cultural adaptation of the Child Depression Inventory for use in Tanzania with children affected by HIV | Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies
Dorian Traube, Victor Dukay, Sylvia Kaaya, Hector Reyes & Claude Mellins
2009 Understanding the impact of the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic is critical for developing appropriate interventions to create supportive environments for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). Unfortunately, there are very few studies on the psychosocial wellbeing of children orphaned by AIDS in Africa, and even fewer in Tanzania. It has been difficult to make generalizations across studies and to identify and track children suffering from mental health difficulties, given the lack of culturally sensitive, standardized screening scales and diagnostic procedures. As a contribution to filling that gap, the current study demonstrates the applicability of an existing depression screening instrument (CDI) to evaluate both the needs of OVC as well as the effectiveness of interventions designed to support them.