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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

I will not be taking a new student for the Fall of 2016

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