Dr. Diez-Morel Diez-Morel

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
Barbara Solomon School of Social Work
Ph.D. Social Work

Dr. Stephanie Diez-Morel (pronouns: she/her) has been teaching graduate social work students, supervising interns, and teaching/training professional social workers for 10 years.
She earned her Ph.D. from Florida International University where she was awarded a student scholar in Health Disparities Research Fellowship funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In 2013, Dr. Diez-Morel founded Reboot & Recover, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding solutions for a balanced living in a technology driven world. Dr. Diez-Morel has collaborated on and authored numerous scientific studies, presentations and journal articles, as well as appeared in international media on a variety of radio, podcasts, and news outlets to discuss the topics of addictions, gaming disorder and other behavioral health concerns. She established education, prevention curriculum, treatment, and research on gaming disorder and other problematic technology-based behaviors for children, youth, adults, and families.
Dr. Diez-Morel has worked within nonprofit community organizations and in community hospitals providing direct clinical services to children, families, and adults experiencing addiction. In addition, she has provided clinical training,education and consultation to address addictions among various communities including medical professionals, counselors, healthcare workers, educators,caregivers, and school aged children.
Dr. Diez-Morel utilizes her expertise in behavioral health and addictions to serve in various role including as the vice president of the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB) and through this role, is the lead in developing the world’s first International Gaming Disorder Certification for helping professionals. Dr. Diez-Morel is also the co-lead for the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) Gaming Disorder Taskforce. She also serves as the National Association of Social Work’s (NASW-PA) 2nd Vice President of Finance and as an Executive Committee member.


PhD, Florida International University

MSW, Florida International University

BA, Florida International University

Awards / Honors

National Association of Social Workers Presidential Service Award, National Association of Social Workers, 2022

Agility Grant Program Evaluation , , 2023

AICP Most Next Award for Innovation, , 2020

C-SALUD Student Scholar in Health Disparities Research Fellow, National Institutes of Health, 2015


Diez-Morel, S. (2019). Exploring problematic internet use among non-latinx black and latinx youth using the problematic internet use questionnaire-short form (PIUQ-SF).

Diez-Morel, S. (2023). Evaluation of the Brief Internet Gaming Screen–8 in a U.S. Based Clinical Inpatient Sample.

Diez-Morel, S. (2023). Relationship between cyberbullying, positive mental health, stress symptoms and teachers’ cybercompetence.

Diez-Morel, S. (2022). Cross-Addiction Risk Profiles Associations with COVID-19 Anxiety: A Preliminary Exploratory Study.

Diez-Morel, S. (2022). Identification, screening and referral for Internet Gaming Disorder.


Diez-Morel, S. (2021). Adverse experiences, substance misuse and problematic gaming among Latinx and black youth.

Diez-Morel, S. (2022). At risk populations in gambling/gaming.

Diez-Morel, S. (2022). Beyond Loot Boxes: The Convergence of Gaming & Gambling.

Diez-Morel, S. (2023). Clinical Considerations for Gaming Disorder.

Diez-Morel, S. (2018). DSM-5 Internet Gaming Disorder in the U.S. Among Racial/Ethnic Minority Youth: Investigating Psychometric Properties of the Internet Gaming Disorder Test and Psychosocial Correlates of Internet Gaming Disorder Oral.

Diez-Morel, S. (2023). Evidence-Based Problematic Gambling and Gaming Youth Prevention Education in a Learning Management System (LMS): How an LMS can be an Educational Teaching Tool to Reduce High-Risk Behaviors & Increase Knowledge to Empower Youth.

Diez-Morel, S. (2021). Gaming & Gambling: Considerations for Developing Clinical and Ethical EXP.

Diez-Morel, S. (2023). Gaming Disorder: Assessment and Treatment Consideration.

Diez-Morel, S. (2021). Gaming or Gambling: How Gambling Shows Up in Video Games.

Diez-Morel, S. (2023). How technology, gambling, and gaming intersect.

Diez-Morel, S. (2023). Language Matters: How to talk to youth about problem gambling & gaming.