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James R. McKay

Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Director, Penn-TRI Center on the Continuum of Care in the Addictions, University of Pennsylvania
Director, Center of Excellance in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education, Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Department: Psychiatry
Graduate Group Affiliations

Contact information
University of Pennsylvania
3535 Market St., Suite 500
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-746-7704
B.S. (Psychology)
Loyola University of Chicago , 1983.
M.A. ( Psychology)
Harvard University, 1986.
Ph.D. (Psychology, Clinical Track)
Harvard University, 1987.
Post-Graduate Training
Clinical Psychology Intern, McLean Hospital, Boston, 1987-1988.
Clinical Fellow, McLean Hospital and Department of Psychiatry, Harvard University, 1988-1989.
NIAAA Fellowship, Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Department of Psychiatry, Brown University, 1988-1990.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. McKay's primary research interest is in developing and evaluating new clinical approaches to improve the long-term management of substance use disorders and related problems. He has conducted work on remote models of continuing care delivery, including the telephone, smartphone, and SMS.

Dr. McKay has expertise in adaptive approaches to treatment, and wrote the first book on this topic. This work includes Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trials, or SMART, studies.

Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. McKay has expertise in providing behavioral treatments for substance use disorders.

Selected Publications

DePhilippis D, Khazanov G, Christofferson DE, Wesley CW, Burden JL, Liberto J, McKay JR.: History and current status of contingency management programs in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prev Med Sep 2023.

Blanchard BE, Lynch KG, Malte CA, Hawkins EJ, DePhilippis D, Oslin DW, McKay JR, Saxon AJ.: Towards shortening the Brief Addiction Monitor-Revised (BAM-R). Drug Alcohol Depend Rep 8: 100183, Aug 2023.

Bhattacharya I, Johnson BA, Artman WJ, Wilson A, Lynch KG, McKay JR, Ertefaie A.: A non-parametric Bayesian approach for adjusting partial compliance in sequential decision making. Stat Med 42: 2661-2691, Jul 2023.

Osilla KC, Gore KL, Pedersen ER, Hummer JF, DeYoreo M, Manuel JK, McKay JR, Kim JP, Nameth K.: Study protocol for a sequential multiple assignment randomized trial to reduce risky drinking among service members and their partners. Contemp Clin Trials 2023.

Yap J, J Dziak J, Maiti R, Lynch K, McKay JR, Chakraborty B, Nahum-Shani I.: Sample size estimation for comparing dynamic treatment regimens in a SMART: A Monte Carlo-based approach and case study with longitudinal overdispersed count outcomes. Stat Methods Med Res 2023.

Bhattacharya I, Ertefaie A, Lynch KG, McKay JR, Johnson BA.: Nonparametric Bayesian Q-learning for optimization of dynamic treatment regimes in the presence of partial compliance. Stat Methods Med Res 2023.

Dugosh KL, Lent MR, Burkley SB, Millard CMK, McKay JR, Kampman KM.: Nonopioid Substance Use among Patients Who Recently Initiated Office-based Buprenorphine Treatment. J Addict Med 2023.

Fivecoat HC, Lookatch SJ, Mavandadi S, McKay JR, Sayers SL.: Social Factors Predict Treatment Engagement in Veterans with PTSD or SUD. J Behav Health Serv Res 2023.

Kelly PJ, Ingram I, Deane FP, Baker AL, Byrne G, Degan T, Osborne B, Meyer JM, Townsend C, Nunes J, McKay JR, Robinson L, Nolan E, Palazzi K, Lunn J.: Feasibility and preliminary results of a call centre delivered continuing care intervention following residential alcohol and other drug treatment. Drug Alcohol Rev 2023.

French R, Worley J, Lowenstein M, Bogner HR, Calderbank T, DePhilippis D, Forrest A, Connolly Gibbons MB, Harris RA, Heywood S, Kampman K, Mandell DS, McKay JR, Newman ST, Oslin DW, Wadden S, Wolk CB.: Adapting psychotherapy in collaborative care for treating opioid use disorder and co-occurring psychiatric conditions in primary care. Fam Syst Health 2023.

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