Dr Sarah Ascienzo

Assistant Professor

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Sarah Ascienzo, PhD, LCSW is an Assistant Professor of Social Work in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at North Carolina State University. She earned her PhD in Social Work from the University of Kentucky, her Master of Social Work degree from Colorado State University, and her Bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, with a Major in Psychology and Minor in Women and Gender Studies. Dr. Ascienzo has over 15 years of direct practice experience with children and families adversely affected by trauma, including work as a trauma-focused clinician in community- and school-based settings, child forensic interviewer, and caseworker. Dr. Ascienzo’s research focuses on mitigating the impact of direct and indirect trauma exposure; improving trauma-focused treatment retention and outcomes; and on increasing the successful implementation of trauma-focused interventions. Her most recent work has involved an analysis of gender-based variations in posttraumatic stress symptom progression and meaning making during trauma-focused treatment, as well as on identifying inhibitory and promotive factors impacting the implementation of trauma-focused interventions. Dr. Ascienzo teaches Research Methods and Direct Practice III (Communities and Organizations) in the BSW program.


  • PhD in Social Work from University of Kentucky, 2018
  • MSW in Social Work from Colorado State University, 2005
  • BA in Major in Psychology / Minor in Women and Gender Studies from James Madison University, 2000