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Sarah Melinda Dobie Buila

Sarah Melinda Dobie Buila, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director

Social Work

Sarah Buila has obtained a Doctorate of Philosophy and Social Work at the University of Illinois, May 2005Masters of Social Work, Southern Illinois University, 1993. Bachelor of Arts, General Studio Art, Southern Illinois University, 1989.

Sarah Melinda Dobie Buila

Phone: 618-453-1151

Clinical Practice Experience

  • 1993- 1996 Crisis Management Counselor
  • 1997- 2003 Southern Illinois Regional Social Services, Carbondale, Illinois
  • 1995 Adult Outpatient Counselor
  • 1999 Southern Illinois Regional Social Services, Carbondale, Illinois
  • 1996-1998 Case Manager, The Pavilion, Behavioral Health, Champaign, Illinois
  • 1993-1995 Social Work Coordinator House Calls, Southern Illinois Health Care, Carbondale, Illinois.

Classroom Teaching

  • Social Welfare as a Social Institution
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Interviewing and Interpersonal Helping Skills
  • Generalist Practice I
  • Field Practicum Seminar
  • Selected Topics In Social Work: Substance Abuse
  • Psycho-social Disorders
  • Methods of Social Research
  • Statistics of Social Workers


  • Marley, J. & Buila, S. (1999). When violence happens to people with mental illness: Disclosing victimization to police and others. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 69(3), 398- 402 .
  • Marley, J. & Buila, S. (2001). Crimes against the mentally ill: Types, perpetrators, and influencing factors. Social Work, 46(2), 115-124.

Certifications and Licenses

  • 1993 Licensed Social Worker, Illinois
  • 1995 Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Illinois #149006447
  • 1995 Academy of Certified Social Workers, NASW


  • Community Project evaluation for Americorps
  • Gay/Lesbian People’s Union crisis hotline volunteer
  • Hospice fund raising
  • American Cancer Society fund raising
  • Volunteer Case Manager, Southern Illinois Regional Effort for AIDS