Rebecca Eliseo-Arras

Rebecca Eliseo-Arras holds a PhD and a MSW from the University at Buffalo’s (UB) School of Social Work. She also obtained her BA in Psychology and Political Science from UB. She has extensive research experience in addictions and maladaptive coping mechanisms. She is an Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator in the School Human Services. She teaches courses on cyberbullying, addictions, the influence of social media on coping behaviors, research methods, and crisis intervention. Her research focuses on addictions and other forms of maladaptive coping mechanisms, specifically non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), and the influence of trauma and social media on these behaviors. In addition, she has an extensive background in research project execution and methodology through her work as Project Coordinator within UB’s Division of Behavioral Medicine on a multi-site federally funded grant, and as Team Leader/Senior Research Analyst at the Research Institute on Addictions (RIA).


  • PhD in Social Welfare from University at Buffalo - State University of New York
  • MSW in Social Work from University at Buffalo - State University of New York
  • B.A. in Psychology and Political Science from University at Buffalo - State University of New York


  • Scholars Across the College 2022-2023


  • Eliseo-Arras, R. K., Brous, R., & Sheppard, S. M. (2019). A content and thematic analysis of Tumblr posts related to non-suicidal self-injury. Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, 13(3), 198-211.
  • Quigley, B., Miller, K., Eliseo-Arras, R. K., & Ball, N. (2019). Alcohol mixed energy drink use as a risk factor for experiencing and perpetrating bar aggression. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 33(3), 304-309.
  • Eliseo-Arras, R. K. (2018). Addiction and self-injury. In T. MacMillan & A. Sisselman-Borgia (eds). New Directions in Treatment, Education, and Outreach for Mental Health and Addiction. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.
  • Ball, N., Miller, K. E., Quigley, B. M., & Eliseo-Arras, R. K. (2021). Alcohol mixed with energy drinks and sexually-related conflict in the barroom. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36(7-8), 3353-3373.

  • Wolf, M. R., Rinfrette, E. S., Eliseo-Arras, R. K., Nochajski, T. H. & Turner, D. (2018). “My family does not understand me”: How social service providers can help military families. Best Practices in Mental Health: Special Issue: Military/Veteran-Connected Populations, 14(1), 78-92.
  • Derrick, J. L., Eliseo-Arras, R. K., Haddad, S., Britton, M., & Hanny, C. (2017). Feasibility of using ecological momentary assessment to study smoking cessation and relationship processes in single-smoker couples. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 1-10.
  • Derrick, J. L., Eliseo-Arras, R. K., Hanny, C., Britton, M., & Haddad, S. (2017). Comparison of Internet and mailing methods to recruit couples into research on unaided smoking cessation. Addictive Behaviors, 75, 12-16.