Serena Vicario

Serena Vicario

University of Sheffield
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

ScHARR Section: Public Health


Women’s drinking patterns: changes associated with life transitions


I became a PhD student at the University of Sheffield in 2015, in the ScHARR Alcohol Research Group. The title of my research project is “Women’s drinking patterns: changes associated with life transitions”. It brings together my personal interests and professional background. 

I qualified as a professional social worker in 2007 (Bachelor Degree in Social Work, Cà Foscari University-Venice) and then I worked in two Local Authorities in Padua province (Italy). In conjunction with clients (elderly people, families and people in socio-economic disadvantages) I developed tailored projects which aimed at promoting their empowerment and well-being. 

Since 2010 I have been employed in the Italian NHS, in the Alcohol Unit of the Addiction Department of Padua. I was part of an interdisciplinary team providing healthcare and social support for individuals or families affected by alcohol use disorders. In 2014 I completed a Master in Social Policies and Social Work (University of Padua).

My professional work in the field of alcohol-related problems started in 2004 and it is informed by the social-ecological approach, considering the individual and his/her social environment in a comprehensive perspective. I have actively promoted and implemented the coordination and networking of self-help groups, health services and public institutions at local level. I took part in the data collection for research projects about alcohol and driving (“Drugs on the Street” project), alcohol use disorders in health workers and treatment of chronic viral hepatitis B and C in drug and alcohol users. 

Research Interests

  • Epidemiology ofalcohol related problems
  • Impact of socio-economic variables on health conditions
  • Alcohol and gender

Teaching Interests

  • Integrating social and health approaches as a preventive strategy
  • Professional Integration and multidisciplinary working


Professor Petra Meier