Engaged Scholarship

Patricia Stoddard Dare explains how she partners with communities while leveraging technology to advance the public good

Paid Sick Leave is Good for Business

Link to one of Dr. Stoddard Dare’s publications, an open access systematic review of the impact of paid sick leave on business outcomes.

Link to peer reviewed publications

Federal Policy Impact of Dr. Stoddard-Dare’s Research

Media Reporting Dr. Stoddard Dare’s findings

  • Crain’s Cleveland Business “Study: Paid sick leave is good business” April 10, 2023
  • U.S. News & World Report, “Paid Sick Leave: Good for Business Study Finds,” February 27, 2023.
  • Fatherly “Paid Sick Leave Helps Businesses Profit, Study Finds,” March 9, 2023.
  • Crain’s Cleveland Business, “Employer Protection: How to Protect Employee’s Health as Workers Return,” July 16, 2020.
  • The New York Times, “Calling in is More Fraught Than Ever,” May 30, 2022
  • Yahoo Finance, “US Workers Need Paid Sick Leave to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus,”March 6, 2020.
  • U.S. News & World Report, “One Key Way to Curb Coronavirus Spread More Paid Sick Leave,” March 5, 2020.
  • Healthline, “How to Fight the Flu in the Office?  Try Paid Sick Leave,” March 22, 2019.
  • Bloomberg News, “Paid Sick Leave Benefits Help Alleviate Worker Financial Stress,” November 9, 2018.
  • MarketWatch, “When Employers Take Away This One Workplace Benefit, Employee Stress Soars,” November 15, 2018.
  • Science Daily, “Workers Without Paid Sick Leave Endure Significant Financial Worries: Study First to Find Connection Between Paid Sick Leave and Financial Worry,” November 1, 2018.
  • U.S. News & World Report, “Lack of Paid Sick Leave Linked to Poverty,” June 14, 2018.
  • U.S. News & World Report, “Why Paid Sick Leave is Vital to you Financial (and Physical) Health Too,” August 9, 2018.
  • Healthline, “Employees with More Sick Days Take Better Care of their Health,”March 15, 2018. 
  • Yahoo Finance, “Number of Paid Sick Days Directly Impacts How Americans Use Preventive Care Like Flu Shots,” March 8, 2018.
  • CNN Health Minute, “People Without Sick Leave Report Higher Levels of Mental Distress,” September, 18, 2017.
  • U.S. News & World Report, “Workers Without Paid Sick Leave Suffer Ill Effects,” September 22, 2017.
  • USA Today,Employee takes sick leave for mental health, CEO’s response if refreshingly rare,” July 11, 2017.
  • New York Times, “The High Cost of Not Offering Paid Sick Leave,” October, 31, 2016.
  • BBC, “Why Americans Don’t Take Sick Days,”September 14, 2016.
  • Forbes, “Did you Co-Worker Make You Sick, it may be your Employers’ Fault,” March 6, 2016. 
  • U.S. News & World Report, “Paid Sick Leave May Help Health of Whole Family,” March 7, 2016.
  • U.S. News & World Report, “5 Reasons to Kick your Sick Day Guilt,” March 14, 2016.
  • Chicago Tribune, “Task force Proposes Chicago Employers Offer 5 Days of Paid Sick Leave a Year,” April 2, 2016. 
  • Finance News, “No Paid Sick Leave Means Workers Skip Medical Care,” March 8, 2016.
  • Reuters Online, “No Paid Sick Leave Means Workers Skip Medical Care,” March 8, 2016.
  •, Weekly newsletter from the Office of Disease and Prevention and Health Promotion, US Department of Health and Human Services, “Paid Sick Leave May Help Health of Whole Family,” March 14, 2016. 
  • AARP, “Lack of Paid Sick Leave is a Major Public Health Issue,” March 10, 2016.
  •, “Study: Family Health at Risk without Paid Sick Leave,” March, 2016
  • NBC News, “Troubling Statistics for Workers Without Paid Sick Leave,” March 8, 2016.  


What students are saying

“It was an honor to be Professor Stoddard Dare’s student. Her passion and talent shine through her instruction, and I always felt that she was truly invested in my education and professional development. She set clear expectations and maintained a direct alignment between course goals and class assignments to achieve those goals. An excellent instructor, all around.”
“The course covers every aspect about the subject I could possibly think of without having to ask. Materials a[r]e extremely relevant to the subject. VERY WELL organized, outlined step by step the assignments, expectations, and due dates. I have learned so much applicable information pertaining to working as a social worker in the field of addictions. Honestly, I could say this is the best course I have taken at Cleveland State regarding Professor, Materials, information learned, ease of access, multiple learning platforms available, assistance provided. Coursework is clear, thoroughly explained, comprehensive, encourages critical thinking, and presented without bias.”
“This instructor was amazing! She clearly stated the learning objectives and assignments within each weekly module in list format. The resources and information that were given to us were extremely in depth and taught every aspect of diagnosis, treatment, all underlying biological and societal causes, and prevalence of the issue in every class of society. She also gave extensive information about our certification for this class and how to continue building a career with this certification. I graduate at the end of this semester with my BA in psychology and this class opened multiple opportunities and gave me new ideas for my career path after CSU.”
“D[r]. Stoddard–Dare is a wonderful instructor. She is well organized and clearly has a genuine passion for the material which is contagious when taking her course”
“Best class I’ve ever taken. It’s well structured and has given me a lot of knowledge I’m sure I will use throughout my career. The assignments are manageable and effective; it always felt like they were helping me learn the information… I also appreciated that expectations were always clear and the text book was made available to us for free. I’d recommend this class with Patricia Stoddard Dare any day!”
“I am so thankful and grateful to the encouragement of Professor Stoodard–Dare as she is always kind, courteous, helpful, knowledgeable, organized, and willing to help.”
“Dr. Dare is amazing. She is not only knowledgeable about this subject, she is on the cutting edge of where we need to go in working with SUD clients and in our policies and attitudes towards facilitating healing.”
“I could always count on Dr. Dare to respond when I needed help or guidance. She gave great feedback on assignments.”
“Dr. Stoddard–Dare was always supportive to me as a student. She was quick to answer e–mails, courteous, and respectful. She is very strong in her knowledge and makes sure she is available for questions or concerns.”
“This was one of the most fruitful courses I’ve taken in my time at CSU. Professor Stoddard Dare broke down substance use with respect to diversity in population and treatment methods in a way that left me feeling far more equipped to work with this population post–graduation. Every video, assignment, quiz, and discussion had purpose and enhanced my understanding of addiction. I would absolutely recommend this course under this professor to incoming students.”
“This instructor is so kind and super helpful. Always very quick to respond and take the time to make sure students know what they need to do. I can tell they really care about their students and this subject. Teaching is a passion of theirs and it really shows.”
“Dr. Stoddard Dare is extremely organized and examples are very concrete. I like the different modes of learning that she offers. The video are engaging because of her voice reflection and passion for the area of SUD. It’s a plethora of material that she gives us but it is very interesting to learn, eye–opening and serious to know in order to help save other lives dealing with SUDs. The fact that she allowed us to access her book without paying for it makes me know that it was more important for her that we got the information as soon as class started and not wait because this info really helps to save lives.”
“Overall, the best instructor at Cleveland State University. She is strict with her deadlines. Very informative with the instructions and what is expected from each student. She is very passionate about the subject and her ability to accommodate all adult student’s learning styles was superb. I am a straight A student, but she presents well and provided material for auditorial learners like myself in each area. She went above just the material in class but offered additional material on the subject which I found very helpful for the course. I would have taken more classes with her as an instructor if I wasn’t graduating in December. Only complaint is I did not have her as an instructor prior to my two years at the university.”
“Dr. Patricia Stoddard Dare was very helpful throughout the course. She was more than willing to review rough drafts of assignments to maximize on optimal points, provided opportunities to earn points back, via an extra credit quiz and resubmitting an assignment, and made it very apparent she could be reached via email or zoom at the end of each lecture powerpoint. The course was online, but I felt more connected to her than most of my in–person professors.”

The Chemical Dependency Counseling Graduate Certificate created by Dr. Stoddard Dare is in the news

Dr. Stoddard Dare and social work student Edith Cabrera featured in the National Association of Social Workers Magazine

Social Work Advocates, 2023

Students influencing policy

Students from Professor Stoddard Dare’s co-taught Civic Data Privacy course won a national data privacy competition and are helping to shape policy.


See how, co-created by Professor Stoddard-Dare, can be used to quickly identify an available substance use disorder treatment slot tailored to an individual’s needs and characteristics.

Patricia Stoddard Dare, MSW, PhD

Professor School of Social Work and Women’s and Gender Studies

Director Women’s and Gender Studies

Coordinator Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate Program

Co-Director CSU TECH Hub

Cleveland State University

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