Denis M. McCarthy
213 McAlester Hall
Tenured/Tenure Track
Lab Information
124F Psychology Bldg
Research Interests

* Cognitive factors that influence alcohol use disorder, addictive behavior, and related problems (e.g., drinking and driving).

* Psychopharmacology of alcohol, particularly how variability in the acute effects of alcohol increase risk for related problems.

* Genetic, personality, and environmental factors related to addictive behavior, particularly how these factors influence learning.

Selected Publications

Journal Publications in Past 3 years
Student/Post-doc Co-Authors in Bold

Haney, A.M., Motschman, C.A., Warner, O.M., Wesley, R.L., Wycoff, A.M., Trull, T.J. & McCarthy, D.M. (in press). Comparing associations between mood and breath alcohol concentration in the laboratory and natural environment. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

McMullin, S.D., Motschman, C., Hatz, L.E., McCarthy, D.M., Davis-Stober, C.P. (in press). Decision strategies while intoxicated relate to alcohol-impaired driving attitudes and intentions. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.  

Motschman, C.A., Amlung, M., & McCarthy, D.M. (2022). Alcohol demand as a predictor of drinking behavior in the natural environment. Addiction, 117, 1887-1896.

Motschman, C.A., Griffin, S.A., Warner, O.M., & McCarthy, D.M. (2022). Craving, stimulation, and sedation as predictors of alcohol demand under intoxication. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 36, 20-27.  

Martins, J.S., Joyner, K.J., McCarthy, D.M., Morris, D.H., Patrick, C.J., & Bartholow, B.D. (2022). Differential brain responses to alcohol‐related and natural rewards are associated with alcohol use and problems: Evidence for reward dysregulation. Addiction Biology, 27, e13118. doi:10.1111/adb.13118

McCarthy, D.M., McCarty, K.N., Hatz, L.E., Prestigiacomo, C.J., Park, S., & Davis-Stober, C. P. (2021). Applying Bayesian cognitive models to decisions to drive after drinking. Addiction, 116, 1424-1430. doi:10.1111/add.15302

Motschman, C.A., Hatz, L.E., McCarty, K.N., Merkle, E.C., Trull, T.J., McCarthy, D.M. (2020). Event-level predictors of alcohol-impaired driving intentions. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 81, 647–654.

Motschman, C.A., Warner, O.M., Wycoff, A.M., Davis-Stober, C.P. & McCarthy, D.M. (2020). Context, acute tolerance, and subjective response affect alcohol-impaired driving decisions. Psychopharmacology, 237, 3603-3614.

Hatz, L.E., Park, S., McCarty, K.N., McCarthy, D.M., & Davis-Stober, C.P. (2020). Young adults make rational sexual decisions. Psychological Science, 31, 944-956. 

Cyders, M.A., Plawecki, M.H., Corbin, W., King, A., McCarthy, D.M., Ramchandani, V.A., Weafer, J., O’Connor, S.J. (2020). To infuse or ingest in human laboratory alcohol research. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 44, 764-776.

McCarty, K.N., McDowell, Y.E., Sher, K.J., & McCarthy, D.M. (2020). Training health services psychologists for research careers in addiction science. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 14, 70-77.  

Davis-Stober, C.P., McCarthy, D.M., Cavagnaro, D.R., Price, M., Brown, N, Park, S. (2019). Is cognitive impairment related to violations of rationality? A laboratory alcohol intoxication study testing transitivity of preference. Decision, 6, 134-144.

Davis-Stober, C.P., McCarty, K.N., McCarthy, D.M. (2019). Decision making and alcohol: Health policy implications. Policy Insights from the Brain and Behavioral Sciences, 6, 64-71.