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Jerry Stahler



Office: 337 Gladfelter Hall
Tel: 215 204 6939




Areas of Expertise:

Drug abuse, program evaluation, environmental and clinical psychology, urban social problems



1983 Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Temple University
1981 Clinical Predoctoral Fellowship, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
1978 M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Temple University
1976 M.A. in Geography, University of Toronto 1974 B.A. in Psychology and Geography, Clark University



Community-based program evaluation
Drugs in Urban Society
Urban Society: Race, Class, and Community
Homelessness in America

“Drugs In Urban Society” is taught as a campus-based version as well as part of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. In the latter version, the course brings together Temple undergraduates with incarcerated men who are in a prison-based drug treatment program, and course is conducted as a single class with both groups of students.




Professor Stahler is a clinical psychologist who has been with the Department of Geography and Urban Studies since 1992. His research interests and publications focus on developing and evaluating social interventions for such urban problems as substance abuse, homelessness, and adolescent pregnancy. Most recently, Dr. Stahler has been collaborating with Dr. Jeremy Mennis in the department and investigators in the Department of Psychiatry to examine the relationship between substance abuse and spatial and neighborhood characteristics using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (funded by the PA Department of Health; Stahler et al., 2007a, 2009).


Dr. Stahler has been particularly involved in developing and evaluating community-based treatment interventions for substance abuse among indigent populations. He co-edited the book The Effectiveness of Social Interventions for Homeless Substance Abusers (Stahler & Stimmel, 1996) as well as a special issue of Contemporary Drug Problems (Stahler & Cohen, 1995a) devoted to qualitative research findings concerning treatment for homeless substance abusers. He has been involved as a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on a number of research grants focusing on substance abuse, including grants funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.   Currently, he is a Co-Investigator on a NIDA-funded grant examining ways to improve drug treatment effectiveness in prisons (CJ-DATS).


Dr. Stahler is an elected member of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) and serves on the Advisory Board of Gaudenzia-DRC, a local drug treatment facility and on the Steering Committee of IRETA (Institute for Research, Education, and Training in the Addictions), which is a statewide organization that is aimed at bringing together Pennsylvania researchers, treatment practitioners, and trainers in the addictions.  In addition, Dr. Stahler enjoys teaching an undergraduate course on “Drugs in Urban Society,” which is conducted in a Philadelphia prison as part of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program.


Prior to joining the department, Dr. Stahler was Associate Vice Provost for Research at Temple University . He has also served as Director of Evaluation Research at the National Center for Family Studies at Catholic University , has been a Clinical Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School , and worked as a private practice clinician.


Selected Publications:


Stahler, G., Mennis, J., Cotlar, R., Baron, D.A. (2009).  The influence of the neighborhood environment on treatment continuity and rehospitalization for dually diagnosed patients discharged from acute inpatient care.   American Journal of Psychiatry, 166, 1258-1268.


Stahler, G., Kirby, K., & Kerwin, M. (2007). A faith-based intervention for cocaine-dependent black women. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 39 , 183-190.


Stahler, G., Mazzella, S., Mennis, J., Chakravorty,S., Rengert, G., Spiga, R. (2007). The effect of individual, program, and neighborhood variables on continuity of treatment among dually diagnosed individuals. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 87 , 54-62.


Mawhinney-Rhodes, L., & Stahler, G. (2006). Educational policy and reform for homeless students: An overview. Education and Urban Society , 38 , 1-18.


Stahler, G., Shipley, T.E. Jr., Kirby, K., Godboldte, C., Kerwin, M.E., Shandler, I., Simons, L., Kerwin, M.E. (2005). Development and initial demonstration of a community-based intervention for homeless, cocaine using, African-American women. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment , 28 , 171-179.


Stahler, G., & Cohen, E. (2000).Using ethnographic methodology in substance abuse treatment outcome research. Journal Substance Abuse Treatment , 18 , 1-8.


Cohen, E., & Stahler, G. (1998). Life histories of crack-using African-American homeless men: Salient themes. Contemporary Drug Problems, 25 , Summer, 373-397


Stahler, G., Godboldte, C., Shipley, T., Shandler, I. , Ijoy, L., Weinberg, A., Harrison-Horn, N., Nichols, C., Simons, L., & Koszowski, L. (1997). Preventing relapse among crack-using homeless women with children: Building Bridges to the Community. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 15 , 53-66.


Stahler, G., & Stimmel, B. (Eds.). (1996). The effectiveness of social interventions for homeless substance abusers . New York : Haworth Press. Stahler, G., & Cohen, E. (Eds.)


Stahler, G., & Cohen, E. (Eds.) (1995). Homelessness and Substance Abuse in the 1990s: Qualitative Studies from Service Demonstration Projects. [Special issue]. Contemporary Drug Problems , 22 .


Stahler, G. (1995). Social interventions for homeless substance abusers: Evaluating treatment outcomes. Journal of Addictive Diseases , 14 , xv-xxvi.


Stahler, G., Shipley, T., Bartelt, D., & DuCette, J. (1995). Evaluating alternative treatments for homeless substance-abusing men: Outcomes and predictors of success. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 14 , 151-167.


Stahler, G., & Cohen, E. (1995). Homelessness and substance abuse in the 1990s. Contemporary Drug Problems, 22, 169-191.


Stahler, G., Cohen, E., Greene, M., Shipley, T., & Bartelt, D. (1995). A qualitative study of treatment success among homeless crack addicted men: Definitions and attributions. Contemporary Drug Problems, 22 , 237-264.


Stahler, G. (1995). Improving the quality of evaluations of federal human services demonstration programs. Evaluation and Program Planning, 18, 1-13.


Stahler, G., & Tash, W. (1994). Centers and institutes in the research university: Issues, problems, and prospects. Journal of Higher Education, 65 , 540-554.


Stahler, G., Cohen, E., Shipley, T., & Bartelt, D. (1993). Why clients drop out of treatment: Ethnographic perspectives on treatment attrition among homeless male "crack" cocaine users. Contemporary Drug Problems, 20 , 651-680.


Penn, M., Stahler, G., Shipley, T., Comfort, M., & Weinberg, A. (1993). Returning home: Reintegration of substance abusing African-American mothers. Contemporary Drug Problems , 20 , 473-497.


Stahler, G., Shipley, T., Bartelt, D., Westcott, D., Griffith, E., and Shandler, I. (1993). Retention issues in treating homeless polydrug users. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly , 10 , 201-215.


Stahler, G., and Tash, W. (1992). Success in external funding at the fastest growing research universities: Contributory factors and impediments. Research Management

Review , 6 , 1, Spring, 14-24.


Stahler, G., & DuCette, J. (1991). Evaluating adolescent pregnancy programs: Rethinking our priorities, Family Planning Perspectives , May/June, 23 , 3, 129-133.


Stahler, G., DuCette, J., & Povich, E. (1990). Using mediation to prevent child maltreatment: An exploratory study. Family Relations , July, 317-322.


Stahler, G., DuCette, J., & McBride, D. (1989). The evaluation component in adolescent pregnancy care projects: Is it adequate? Family Planning Perspectives , May/June, 123-126.


DuCette, J., Stahler, G., & McBride, D. (1989). Assessing the quality of evaluations of adolescent pregnancy care programs. Evaluation and the Health Professions , 12 , December, 453-466.


Stahler, G., & Eisenman, R. (1987). Psychotherapy dropouts: Do they have poor psycholo­gical functioning? Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society , 25 , 3, 198-200.


Stahler, G., & Rappaport, H. (1986). Do therapists bias their ratings of patient function­ing under peer review? Community Mental Health Journal , Winter, 265-274.


Stahler, G., Frazer, D., & Rappaport, H. (1984). An evaluation of a ward remodeling program in a psychiatric geriatric ward. Journal of Social Psychology, June, 101-113.


Tash, W., & Stahler, G. (1984). The history and current status of mental health quality assurance. American Behavioral Scientist, Spring, 608-630.


Tash, W., & Stahler, G. (1982). Enhancing the utilization of evaluation findings. Community Mental Health Journal , Fall, 180-189.


Stahler, G., & Tash, W. (Eds.). (1982). Innovative approaches to mental health evaluation . New York : Academic Press.




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