Dana Segall, LMSW

Research Assistant, CT DMHAS Office of the Commissioner (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My personal research interests primarily focus on the epidemiology of substance use behaviors and risk-taking behaviors in youth and young adults in urban schools or community settings with a focus on strategic prevention measures in schools and community provider agencies focusing on trauma-informed care. I have a range of experience advocating and working with adults and children with mental health, substance abuse and public health concerns in a variety of settings.

As a researcher with the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and UConn School of Social Work Research Division, I currently work on several projects as an evaluation liaison for numerous state and federally funded grant initiatives throughout Connecticut including: Safe Schools Healthy Students, CT Strong with Transitioning Youth at Risk in Recovery, CT Department of Corrections Smoking Cessation Implementation Project in jails, prisons and halfway houses, HRSA Transitioning Youth at Risk Program, Two-Generational Approach, and Connecticut’s 1915 © Waiver for Individuals with Mental Illness Phase II Evaluation. In my role as a researcher, I conduct in-home service provider evaluation interviewers with clients and staff of community health agencies, facilitate focus groups with client populations or staff of agencies, and guide local implementation team meetings with relevant leadership team stakeholders from state agencies to further inform program development.

In addition, I am experienced in both qualitative and quantitative analysis in research areas such as homeless families, criminal justice diversion, co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders, trauma-informed care, mental health service quality indicators and substance abuse treatment outcomes. As an inCHIP Affiliate, I am hoping for further opportunities to collaborate on projects focusing on needs assessments for under served adolescents and their families in the areas of substance use and other health risk-taking behaviors. With my clinical skills, commitment to community prevention outreach for serving at-risk under served populations and research skills in federal and local mental health and substance use program policy issues, I believe I would be a strong addition as an affiliate to the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy.


Masters Degree (M.S.W.) from University of Connecticut School of Social Work – West Hartford, CT, Graduated May 2014
Major: Social Work, Concentration: Group Work
Germany MSW Travel Study: Implications of Holocaust and Human Genocide for Social Work Practitioiners
Thesis: Assessment of Group Work Treatment Outcome with Adolescents with HIV-positive Status

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from University of Connecticut – Storrs, CT, Graduated May 2012
Major: Psychology, Minor: Women’s, Gender & Sexualities Studies, Concentration: Creative Writing
Societies: Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society

Certifications and Licensures:
Licensed Masters Level Social Worker (LMSW), Association of Social Work Boards, License 3373
School Social Work Certification, License Code 071 Endorsement

Featured Publication

Poster Presentation:

Ulaszek, W.R., Maurer, K., James, A., Gallagher, C., Pierce, J., Polar, J. & Segall, D. (2015 March). Design of Education, Cessation and Prevention Program. Collaboration of University of Connecticut, School of Social Work, Connecticut Department of Corrections & Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Poster session presented at Office of Research and Scholarship Annual Research Exhibition. Hartford, CT.

Contact Information
Mailing Address410 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106