Denis M. McCarthy

Denis M. McCarthy
Professor
213 McAlester Hall
573-882-0426
Lab Area: 
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

Fleming, K.A., Bartholow, B.D., Hilgard, J.B., McCarthy, D.M., O’Neill, S.E., Steinley, D. & Sher, K.J. (in press). The Alcohol Sensitivity Questionnaire: Evidence for construct validity. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

Bailey, K., Amlung, M.T., Morris, D.H., Price, M.H., Von Gunten, C., McCarthy, D.M. & Bartholow, B.D. (in press). Separate and joint effects of alcohol and caffeine on conflict monitoring and adaptation. Psychopharmacology.

Aston, E.R., Merrill, J.E., McCarthy, D.M., & Metrik, J. (in press). Risk factors for driving after and during marijuana use. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Amlung, M. McCarty, K.N., Morris, D.H., Tsai, C.L., & McCarthy, D.M. (2015). Response to Tucker and Vuchinich: Behavioral Economics in the Broader Context of Addiction Science. Addiction, 110, 1430-1431

Treloar, H., Piasecki, T.M., McCarthy, D.M., Sher, K.J. & Heath, A.C. (2015). Ecological evidence that affect and perceptions of drink effects depend on alcohol expectancies. Addiction, 110, 1432-1442. doi: 10.1111/add.12982

Amlung, M. McCarty, K.N., Morris, D.H., Tsai, C.L., & McCarthy, D.M. (2015). Increased behavioral economic demand and craving for alcohol following a laboratory alcohol challenge. Addiction, 110, 1421-1428. doi: 10.1111/add.12897

Treloar, H.T., Martens, M.P., & McCarthy, D.M. (2015). The Protective Behavioral Strategies Scale-20: Improved content validity of the serious harm reduction subscale. Psychological Assessment. doi: 10.1037/pas0000071

Lee, M.R., Bartholow, B.D., McCarthy, D.M., Pedersen, S.L., Sher, K.J. (2015). Two alternative approaches to conventional person-mean imputation scoring of the Self-Rating of the Effects of Alcohol Scale (SRE). Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 29, 231-236. doi: 10.1037/adb0000015

Ale, C.M., McCarthy, D.M., Rothschild, L.M., & Whiteside, S.P.H. (2015). Components of cognitive behavioral therapy related to outcome in childhood anxiety disorders. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 18, 240-251. doi 10.1007/s10567-015-0184-8

Amlung, M.T., Morris, D.H., & McCarthy, D.M. (2014). Effects of acute alcohol tolerance on perceptions of danger and willingness to drive after drinking. Psychopharmacology, 231, 4271-4279.

Treloar, H.R., Martens, M.P. & McCarthy, D.M. (2014). Testing measurement invariance of the Protective Behavioral Strategies Scale in college men and women. Psychological Assessment, 26, 307-313.

Morris, D.H., Treloar, H.R., Niculete, M.E., & McCarthy, D.M. (2014). Perceived danger while intoxicated uniquely contributes to driving after drinking. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 38, 521-528.

Gottlieb, J. C., Cohen, L. M., DeMarree, K. G., Treloar, H.T. & McCarthy, D.M. (2014). The development and psychometric evaluation of the smokeless tobacco expectancy scale (STES). Psychological Assessment, 25, 997-1001.

Zapolski, T. C. B., Pedersen, S. L., McCarthy, D.M., & Smith, G. T. (2014). Less drinking, yet more problems: Understanding African American drinking and related problems. Psychological Bulletin, 140, 188-223.

Arterberry, B. J., Treloar, H. R., Smith, A. E., Martens, M. P., Pedersen, S. L., & McCarthy, D.M. (2014). Marijuana use, driving, and related cognitions. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27, 854-860.

Pedersen, S. L. & McCarthy, D.M. (2013). Differences in acute response to alcohol between African Americans and European Americans. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 37, 1056–1063.

Whiteside, S. P. H., Gryczkowski, M., Ale, C. M., Brown-Jacobsen, A. M. & McCarthy, D.M. (2013). Development of child- and parent-report measures of behavioral avoidance related to childhood anxiety disorders. Behavior Therapy, 325-337.

Fischer, S., Peterson, C.M., & McCarthy, D.M. (2013). A prospective test of the influence of negative urgency on binge eating and purging. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

McCarthy, D.M., Niculete, M.E., Treloar, H.R., Morris, D.H., & Bartholow, B.D. (2012). Acute alcohol effects on impulsivity: Associations with drinking and driving behavior. Addiction, 107, 2109-2114.

Burton, C.M., Pedersen, S.L., & McCarthy, D.M. (2012). Impulsivity moderates the relationship between implicit associations about alcohol and alcohol use. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26, 766-772.

Espada, J.P., Griffin, K.W., Carballo J.R. & McCarthy, D.M. (2012). Spanish version of the Positive Expectancies for Drinking and Driving for Youth (PEDD-Y). The Spanish Journal of Psychology, 15, 495-1502.

Treloar, H.R., Morris, D.H., Pedersen, S.L., & McCarthy, D.M. (2012). Direct and indirect effects of impulsivity traits on drinking-and-driving behavior in young adults. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 73, 794-803.

Treloar, H.T. & McCarthy, D.M. (2012). Effects of mood and urgency on activation of general and specific alcohol expectancies. Addictive Behaviors.