Stephen Strobbe

Dr. Stephen Strobbe, Clinical Associate Professor

Stephen Strobbe, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CARN-AP

Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences (Dept. 1)
Room 2349

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 647-0463
Fax: (734) 936-5525

Scholarly Expertise / Activity


  • Addiction
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Mental health and substance use disorders
  • Prevention, treatment, and recovery
  • Spirituality

Dr. Stephen Strobbe is board certified in both psychiatric and addictions nursing. He served as the first Clinical Director for the University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS) in the Department of Psychiatry, for which he received the Administration Management Award from the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) in 2007. He completed doctoral studies in 2009, with a concentration in bio-behavioral health. His dissertation was titled, “Alcoholics Anonymous: Personal Stories, Relatedness, Attendance and Affiliation.” Dr. Strobbe has published more than 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and was co-author for a chapter in the Cambridge Textbook of of Effective Treatments in Psychiatry. Dr. Strobbe is currently serving a second consecutive term on the Board of Directors for the International Nurses Society on Addictions. 


Dr. Strobbe holds the rank of Clinical Associate Professor both at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, and the Department of Psychiatry. He has served as a lecturer, preceptor, clinical instructor, faculty of record, and specialty lead for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in the areas of psychiatric and addictions nursing. He has presented numerous jury-selected papers, posters, symposia and workshops, served as a consultant, and given invited talks both nationally and internationally. Prior to his appointment as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN), Dr. Strobbe was an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Clinical Adjunct Faculty Network (CAFN) from 2010 to 2012.

Affiliations / Service

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Addictions Nursing (2013-present)
  • Board of Directors, International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA, 2010-present; member since 1996)
  • Board of Directors, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing , Rho Chapter (2013-present; organization member since 1989)
  • Member, American Nurses Association
  • Member, Michigan Nurses Association
  • Member, University of Michigan Depression Center
  • Member, University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Eastern Michigan University, College of Health and Human Services, 1997
  • Edith Galt Morgan Award for Leadership and Scholarly Excellence in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, University of Michigan School of Nursing, 1999
  • Meritorious Award for Doctoral Studies, University of Michigan School of Nursing, 2003-2009
  • Administration/Management Award, International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA), 2007


  • PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2009
  • MS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1998
  • BSN, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI 1989

Publication Highlights

  • Strobbe, S. (2014). Prevention and screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment for substance use in primary care. Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice, 41(2), 185-213.
  • Strobbe, S., Cranford, J. A., Wojnar, M., & Brower, K. J. (2013). [Special issue: Addiction and spirituality]. Spiritual awakening predicts improved drinking outcomes in a Polish treatment sample. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 24(4), 209-216.
  • American Nurses Association, and the International Nurses Society on Addictions (2013). Writing Work Group Members: Broyles, L., Corte, C., Finnell, D. S., Fornili, K. S., Murphy-Parker, D., Savage, C., & Strobbe, S. Addictions Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. D. S. Finnell & K. Allen (Eds.). Silver Springs, MD: American Nurses Association.
  • Strobbe, S., Perhats, C., & Broyles, L. M. (2013). [Position paper, International Nurses Society on Addictions, and Emergency Nurses Association]. Expanded roles and responsibilities for nurses in screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) for alcohol use. Journal of Addictions Nursing. 24(3), 203-204.
  • Strobbe, S. (2013). Addressing substance use in primary care. The Nurse Practitioner, 38(10), 45-54.
  • Strobbe, S., Thompson, S. M., & Zucker, R. A., (2013). [Special issue: Interdisciplinary collaboration in addiction education]. Teaching college students about Alcoholics Anonymous: An experiential approach. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 24(1), 51-57.
  • Strobbe, S., Hagerty, B., & Boyd, C. J. (2012). [Continuing education feature]. Applying the nursing Theory of Human Relatedness to alcoholism and recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 23(1), 241-247.
  • Oliver, J., Coggins, C., Compton, P., Hagan, S., Matteliano, D., Stanton, M., St. Marie, B., Strobbe, S., & Turner, H. (2012). [Dual publication]. American Society for Pain Management Nursing position statement: Pain management in patients with substance use disorders. Pain Management Nursing Journal, 13(3), 169-183. Journal of Addictions Nursing. 23(3), 210-222.
  • Strobbe, S., & Kurtz, E. (2012). Narratives for recovery: Personal stories in the 'Big Book' of Alcoholics Anonymous. Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery, 7(1), 29-52.
  • Strobbe, S., Mathias, L., Gibbons, P. W., Humenay, E., & Brower, K. J. (2011). Buprenorphine clinic for opioid maintenance therapy: Program description, process measures, and patient satisfaction. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 22(1), 8-12.
  • Robinson, E. A. R., Strobbe, S., & Brower, K. J. (2008). Complementary and alternative medicine for alcohol misuse. In P. Tyrer & K. R. Silk (Eds.). Cambridge Textbook of Effective Treatments in Psychiatry (pp. 340-350). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Brower, K. J., Kim, H. M., Strobbe, S., Karam-Hage, M. A., Consens, F., & Zucker, R. A. (2008). A randomized double-blind pilot trial of gabapentin vs. placebo to treat alcohol dependence and co-morbid insomnia. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 32 (8), 1429-1438.
  • Strobbe, S., Brower, K. J., & Galen, L. W. (2004). Patient satisfaction with outpatient detoxification from alcohol. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 15 (1), 23-29.
  • Strobbe, S., Brower, K. J., & Galen, L. W. (2003). Gender and outpatient detoxification from alcohol. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 14 (1), 19-25.
  • Strobbe, S., Brower, K. J., & Galen, L. W. (2003). Predicting outpatient opioid detoxification using clonidine. American Journal on Addictions, 12(3), 260-269.