Christina M. Sellers

Assistant Professor
  • School of Social Work


  • Boston College School of Social Work (2018), PhD


  • LCSW

About Me

Christina M. Sellers is an Assistant Professor at Simmons University in the School of Social Work, College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice (CSSPP). Christina is a licensed clinical social worker whose practice experience includes delivering brief motivational interviewing interventions for suicidal adolescents with co-occurring substance use. Christina has expertise in clinical interventions with at risk youth and training in intervention research and implementation science. Her research is at the intersection of substance use, suicide, and the child welfare system. The goal of her program of research is to develop and test interventions for substance use and suicide among adolescents in a variety of different settings.

What I Teach

  • Research Methods, Program Evaluation, HBSE


Sellers, C. M., Diaz-Valdes Iriarte, A., Wyman Battalen, A., & O’Brien, K. H. (2019). Alcohol and marijuana use as daily predictors of suicide ideation and attempts among adolescents prior to psychiatric hospitalization. Psychiatry Research, 273, 672-677.

Sellers, C. M., McRoy, R., & O’Brien, K. H. (2019). Substance use and suicidal ideation among child welfare involved adolescents: A longitudinal examination. Addictive Behaviors, 93, 39-45.

O’Brien, K. H., Wyman Battalen, A., Sellers, C. M., Spirito, A., Yen, S., Maneta, E., Ryan, C.A., & Braciszewski, J. M. (In Press). An mHealth approach to extend a brief intervention for adolescent alcohol use and suicidal behavior: Qualitative analyses of adolescent and parent feedback. Journal of Technology in Human Services.

Hasson, R., & Sellers, C. M. (In Press). Teaching note – Using group role-play exercises to build advocacy skills and achieve equal opportunity and justice for all. Journal of Social Work Education.

Sellers, C. M., Wyman Battalen, A., Fiorenzo, L., McRoy, R.,  & Grotevant, H. (2018). An examination of adoptive mothers' and fathers' psychological distress: Parenting teens adopted from birth. Adoption Quarterly, 22(1), 5-28.

Wyman Battalen, A., Sellers, C. M., McRoy, R., & Grotevant, H. (2018). Birth Mothers Now Birth Grandmothers: Intergenerational Relationships in Open Adoptions. Adoption Quarterly, 22(1), 53-74.

O’Brien, K. H., Sellers, C. M., Wyman Battalen, A., Ryan, C., Maneta, E., Aguinaldo, L., White, E., & Spirito, T. (2018). Feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effects of a brief alcohol intervention for suicidal adolescents in inpatient psychiatric treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 94, 105-112.

Sellers, C. M., O’Brien, K. H.,  Hernandez, L., & Spirito, A. (2018). Adolescent Alcohol Use: The Effects of Parental Knowledge, Peer Substance Use, and Peer Tolerance of Use. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 9(1), 69-87.

O’Brien, K. H., Aguinaldo, L.D., White, E., Sellers, C. M., & Spirito, A. (2018). A brief alcohol intervention during inpatient psychiatric hospitalization for suicidal adolescents. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 25(1), 22-31.

Sudhinaraset, M., Wigglesworth (Sellers), C. M., & Takeuchi, D. T. (2016). Social and cultural contexts of alcohol use: Influences in a social-ecological framework. Alcohol Research: Current Reviews, 38(1), 35-45.