Barbara S. McCrady

Distinguished Professor Emeritus/a

Photo: Barbara McCrady
(505) 277-8857
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


Accepting students?  Dr. McCrady is not accepting new graduate students.

As a clinical scientist, the overall goal of my work is to conduct research to test innovative treatments and treatment delivery systems for persons affected by substance use disorders, and to better understand the mechanisms by which these treatments work. An ultimate goal is to improve clinical practice through the use of empirically supported assessment and treatment approaches.

Selected Publications

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. (2017).  Mechanisms of change and the treatment of alcohol use disorders.  In:  D. McKay, J. Abramowitz, & E. Storch (Eds.), Treatment for psychological problems and syndromes.  NY:  Wiley Press.

McCrady, B. S. & Epstein, E. E. (2013). Addictions: A comprehensive guidebook, 2nd edition. NY: Oxford University Press.

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.

McCrady, B. S., Epstein, E. E., Hallgren, K. A., Cook, S., & Jensen, N. K. (2016).  Women with alcohol dependence:  A randomized trial of couple versus individual plus couple therapy. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 30, 287-299.

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

McCrady, B. S., Wilson, A., Muñoz, R., Fink, B., Fokas, K., & Borders, A. (2016).  Alcohol-focused behavioral couple therapy.  Family Process, 55, 443-459.

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. 

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 

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.

Westerberg, V., McCrady, B. S., Owens, M.D., & Guerin, P. (2016). Community-based methadone maintenance in a large detention center is associated with decreases in inmate recidivism.  Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 70, 1-6.

Courses Taught

PSY 634:  Ethics and Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology

PSY 635:  Couples Therapy


Current graduate students:

Kathryn Fokas

Adam Wilson

Predocs supported on NIAAA T32 (McCrady, PI; primary mentor listed):

Kathryn Fokas (McCrady)

A.J. O’Sickey (Moyers)

Elena Stein (Witkiewitz)

Postdocs supported on NIAAA T32 (McCrady, PI: primary mentor):

Adrian Bravo (Pearson)

Kait Hirchak (Venner)

Margo Hurlocker (Moyers)