James A. Hall, PhD, LISW, LCSW-PIP, ACSW

James A. Hall, PhD, LISW, LCSW-PIP, ACSW

Professor of Pediatrics & Social Work

Phone: (t) 317.274.8812 (f) 317.274.0133
Email: jah6@iu.edu
Address: 410 West 10th Street, Suite 1001, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5140



Adolescent Health & Social Work

Areas of Interest

Research: Development and evaluation of interventions for adolescent substance misuse, parent-adolescent conflict & communication, teaching research methods in clinical settings

Dr. Hall joined the Section in June 2011 as Professor of Pediatrics and Social Work. He has worked in adolescent medicine programs at the University of Washington, University of California-San Diego, University of Iowa and University of Alabama. His primary research focus has been on the development and evaluation of interventions for adolescent substance abuse. Currently, he is conducting research on the integration of substance abuse prevention and treatment into primary health care for adolescents. Dr. Hall provides social work counseling services for adolescents between 10-23 years of age and their families.


1971 B.A., University of Minnesota
1975 A.M., University of Chicago
1980 Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Honors & Awards

1990 Outstanding Faculty Member: School of Social Work, San Diego State University
2008 SROP/McNair Mentoring Award for 15 years of participation, Graduate College, University of Iowa
2008-09 Doctoral Student Organization Appreciation Award, University of Alabama
2015-2016 Most Valuable Professor Award, Doctoral Student Organization, Indiana University School of Social Work




Provider Clinics

Riley Hospital for Children, MSA-2


Phone: (t) 317.274.8812 (f) 317.274.0133
Email: jah6@iu.edu
Address: 410 West 10th Street, Suite 1001

Research & Grants

Dr. Hall just completed a Phase I research project funded by NIAAA to address underage drinking through primary care. His previous research evaluated two treatment models for adolescent substance abuse in a primary care setting. Other research has evaluated case management for adults in substance abuse treatment and the impact of cognitive-behavioral skills training on substance use among pregnant and parenting adolescents.

Hall, JA & Hulvershorn, L. (2011) Integrating Family Therapy into Substance Abuse Treatment for Youth. Research Support Funding Grant (RSFG) from Indiana University Vice Chancellor for Research. $35,000 for 1 year. Compared the effectiveness of an individual therapy approach with a family therapy approach for adolescents with a dual diagnosis (Primary diagnosis = substance misuse)

Barton, W & Hall JA (2012). The Indiana Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project Evaluation: 2012-2018. Contract with state of Indiana for 6-year evaluation of this program. $1,599,983.00 total costs. On July 1, 2014, I became Principal Investigator. Evaluating the Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration Program for the Indiana Department of Child Services. We both collect original data and analyze existing data from DCS.

Aalsma, M (2013) Improving adolescent health outcomes through preventive care transformation. Funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ). Co-Investigator. I am a co-I on this project and have consulted with Dr. Aalsma during the project.

Hall, JA, Satre, C, Jaggers, J. Pierce, B, & Carlson, J (2014) Interprofessional Education & Training in Behavioral Health for MSW Students. Training grant from Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). $1,414,852 total costs over 3 years. I am the Principal Investigator for this training grant from HRSA. We developed a training program for about 100 MSW Fellows who received $10,000 for participation in this training program to address the needs of Transitional Aged Youth 16-25 years of age. We are currently in the second of three years of this project and have just recruited our third cohort of 33 Fellows.


Representative PublicationsView All Publications

Hall, JA, Vaughan Sarrazin, MS, Huber, DL, Vaughn, T, Block, RI, Reedy, AR & Jang, M (2009)
Iowa Case Management for Rural Drug Abuse. Research on Social Work Practice, OnlineFirst, February 27, 2009.
Smith, DC & Hall, JA (2010). Implementing Evidence-Based Multiple-Family Groups with Adolescent Substance Abusers. Special Edition: Incorporating Evidence into Group Work: Notes from the Field. Pollio DE & Macgowan, MJ, Co-Editors. Social Work with Groups, 33 (2/3), 122-138.
Sabri, B, Williams, JK, Smith, DC, Gotman, N, An, H & Hall, JA (2010) Substance Abuse Treatment Outcomes for Adolescents with Violent Behavior. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 10 (1), 44-62.