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Barbara S. McCrady

Distinguished Professor

Director, CASAA (Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions)

Photo: Barbara McCrady
(505) 277-8857 or (505)925-2388 (at CASAA)
Logan Hall Rm 102
Ph.D., University of Rhode Island, 1975
Personal Website
Curriculum vitae

Research Area/s:

Clinical Psychology

Research Interests:

  • Empirically supported treatment for alcohol and other drug problems
  • Women with alcohol or other drug problems
  • The influence of social networks on alcohol and drug use
  • Cognitive-behavior therapy
  • Couple therapy
  • Mechanisms of behavior change in treatment

Selected Publications

  • McCrady, B. S., Epstein, E. E., Cook, S., Jensen, N. K., & Hildebrandt, T. (2009). A randomized trial of individual and couple behavioral alcohol treatment for women. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77, 243-256. 
  • McCrady, B. S., Epstein, E. E., Cook, S., Jensen, N. K., & Ladd, B. O. (2011). What do women want? Alcohol treatment choices, treatment entry and retention. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 25, 521-529. 
  • Monnig, M. A., Tonigan, J. S., Yeo, R. A., Thoma, R. J., & McCrady, B. S. (2012). White matter volume in alcohol use disorders: A meta-analysis. Addiction Biology, 1369-1600. 
  • Tonigan, J. S., Rynes, K., & McCrady, B. S.  (2013) Spirituality as a change mechanism in 12-step programs: A replication, refinement and extension. Substance Use and Misuse, 48, 1-13.
  • McCrady, B. S. & Epstein, E. E. (2013). Addictions: A comprehensive guidebook, 2nd edition. NY: Oxford University Press.
  • McCrady, B. S. (2014).   Alcohol use disorders.  In: D. H. Barlow (Ed.), Clinical handbook of psychological disorders, 5th edition (pps. 533-587).  New York: Guilford Publications.
  • McCrady, B. S., Owens, M. D., Borders, A. Z., & Brovko, J. (2014).  Psychosocial approaches to alcohol use disorders since 1940:  A review. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75, Supplement 17, 68-78.  PMID: 24565313
  • Owens, M. D., McCrady, B. S., Borders, A. Z., Brovko, J. M., & Pearson, M. R. (2014).  Psychometric properties of the System for Coding Couples’ Interactions in Therapy – Alcohol.  Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 28, 1077-1088.  doi:  10.1037/a0038332 
  • McCrady, B. S. & Epstein, E. E. (2015).  Couple therapy in the treatment of alcohol problems.  In:  D. K. Snyder &  J. Lebow (Eds.), Clinical handbook of couple therapy, 5th edition.  NY:  Guilford Press.

Courses Taught

PSY 634:  Ethics and Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology

Psych 650: Couples Therapy


Current graduate students:

Adrienne Borders

Julie Brovko

Kathryn Fokas

Rosa Muñoz

Mandy Owens

Adam Wilson

Dr. McCrady is not accepting new students.

Additional graduate students supported on my grants (primary research mentor in parentheses):

Kylee Hagler (Venner)

Megan Kirouac (Witkiewitz)

Post-doctoral fellows on T32 (primary mentor in parentheses):

Kevin Montes (Witkiewitz)

Julie Shields (J. Scott Tonigan

Other key staff:

Sylvia Law

Sidney Mason-Coon

Matthew O'Nuska

Deanna Sprunk