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Mauricio P. Yabar

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M.S.W., Widener University
M.Ed., Widener University
B.S., Montclair State University

Mauricio P. Yabar, LCSW, M.Ed., CST, is a doctoral student at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. He is a licensed clinical social worker and AASECT-certified sex therapist. He draws on postmodern and narrative theory to inform his clinical work and research and has extensive practice experience providing therapeutic services to sexually-diverse populations. Yabar is interested in the experiences of families of youth who have committed a sexual offense; and more particularly, the effects of social stigma on family functioning. His research focus is therapeutic services for these youth and their families, and for other stigmatized sexual minority populations.

Yabar’s research interests are influenced by his previous training in human sexuality and apprenticeship experience in narrative theory and practice. Prior to the doctoral program, Yabar worked as a therapist in Denver and in non-profit agencies, hospital settings and private practice. He was an adjunct instructor at the University of Denver in the Graduate School of Social Work and also taught in the online M.S.W. program at Simmons College. Yabar has presented his work at conferences in the U.S. and internationally. 

Yabar holds a Master of Clinical Social Work (M.S.W.) and a Master of Human Sexuality (M.Ed.) from Widener University in Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology with minors in health studies and sociology from Montclair State University in New Jersey.  

Yabar enjoys traveling with his husband and experiencing different cultures. In addition to his two cats and an adorable pitbull mix, Yabar enjoys running, photography, decorating and true crime shows. 

Notable awards, honors and appointments

  • Vice President, Doctoral Student Association - July 2020-June 2021
  • Student representative, Academic Programs Committee - September 2020-May 2021



Yabar, M. P. Narratives in sex offender management laws: How stories about a label shape policymaking. The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare. [Manuscript submitted for publication]. 

Burnette, D., Buckley, T. D., Fabelo, H. E., Yabar, M. P. (2020). Foregrounding context in the Covid-19 pandemic: Learning from older adults in Puerto Rico. Journal of Gerontological Social Work.