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Sarah C. Narendorf

Sarah Narendorf

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Room: 313 Social Work Building
Phone: (713) 743-8672

Current Curriculum Vitae

Personal Statement

My research focuses on ensuring a successful transition to adulthood for marginalized young people. I am particularly interested in the transition to young adulthood for youth with mental disorders who face additional challenges including homelessness and involvement in foster care or the juvenile justice system. This interest has led to me investigate where, when, and what type of services can most effectively support these young people as they navigate both developmental and institutional transitions.

My interest in mental health services stems from a decade of practice experience working with children, youth, and adults across the continuum of care from school outreach to the maximum security unit of a state mental hospital. My interest in adolescent mental health began in Houston through my work doing street outreach with Youth Advocates, Inc. and Communities in Schools. My practice experience informs both my teaching and research and has fueled my desire to ensure that my research is relevant to social work practitioners.


PhD, Philosophy in Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2012
MSW, Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston, Houston, TX, 1998
BA, Rice University, Houston, TX, 1994

Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Clinical Social Worker – State of Texas

Courses Taught

  • Research and Knowledge Building in Social Work Practice
  • Clinical Applications of the DSM

Research Interests

Adolescent and young adult mental health, homeless youth and young adults, youth aging out of public systems of care, mental health treatment for youth in public systems of care, experience of psychotropic medication treatment, racial differences in mental health service use.

Selected Publications

Narendorf, S. C., Munson, M.R., Fedoravicius, N., *Washburn, M., *Wagner, R. & Flores, S.K. (2016, online). Symptoms, circumstances, and service systems: Pathways to psychiatric crisis service use among uninsured young adults. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

Narendorf, S.C., Santa Maria, D., Ha, Y., Cooper, J. & *Schieszler, C. (2016) Counting and surveying homeless youth: Recommendations from YouthCount 2.0!, a community-academic partnership. Journal of Community Health. 41(6), 1234-1241. doi 10.1007/s10900-016-0210

Narendorf, S.C., Jennings, S.W., & Santa Maria, D. (2016). Parenting and homeless: Profiles of young adult mothers and fathers in unstable housing situations. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 97 (3), 200-211. doi: 

Narendorf, S.C., McMillen, J.C. & Matta Oshima, K. (2016). Affect dysregulation in older foster youth. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. 24(4), 211-222.

Narendorf, S.C. & Palmer, A. (2016). Perception of need and receipt of mental health treatment: A three group comparison of young adults with psychological distress. Psychiatric Services, 67 (8), 924-927.

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