Sean Esteban McCabe

Professional Title

Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences; Co-Director, Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking and Health; School of Nursing; IRWG Research Professor


Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG)


Dr. McCabe is an internationally recognized scholar in the areas of epidemiology of substance use disorders, prescription medication use and misuse, sexual orientation, and survey methodology.   He has clinical experience treating adolescents, young adults and adults with substance use disorders. He previously served as the Acting Director of the University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center and Office of Student Conflict Resolution  He is the Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking and Health (DASH) in the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan. Dr. McCabe is the Associate Editor for an addiction journal and reviews grant applications for several organizations including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, and William T. Grant Foundation. He has been the recipient of three NIH research awards. He has been a principal investigator of twelve NIH-funded projects, participating investigator on a number of NIH-funded projects and authored or co-authored over 160 peer-reviewed articles.

Research Interests

substance use disorder
quantitative research