Denis M. McCarthy

Denis McCarthy
Professor
212D McAlester Hall
573-882-0426
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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.

Dr. McCarthy will be accepting applications for the clinical doctoral program for the 2022 academic year.

Selected Publications: 

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

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.  

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

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

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. 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. doi.org/10.15288/jsad.2020.81.647.

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/dec0000093

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. https://doi.org/10.1177/2372732218818587

McCarty, K. N. & McCarthy, D. M. (2019). Substance impaired driving in adolescents. In R. Zucker and S.A. Brown (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Adolescent Substance Abuse. New York: Oxford University Press.     

Hatz, L.E., McCarty, K.N., Bartholow, B.D., McCarthy, D.M. (2018). Explicit attitudes, working memory capacity, and driving after drinking. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 42, 2047-2053. https://doi.org/10.1111/acer.13856

Hultgren, B.A., Turrisi, R., Mallett, K.A., Ackerman, S., Larimer, M.E., McCarthy, D.M., Romano, E. (2018). A longitudinal examination of decisions to ride and decline rides with drinking drivers. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 42, 1748-1755.   https://doi.org/10.1111/acer.13818

Arterberry, B.J., Treloar-Padovano, H. & McCarthy, D.M. (2017). Empirical profiles of alcohol and marijuana use, drugged driving, and risk perceptions. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 78, 889-898.

McCarty, K.N., Morris, D.H., Hatz, L.E. & McCarthy, D.M. (2017). Differential associations of UPPS-P impulsivity traits with alcohol problems. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 78, 617-622.

Morris, D.H., Amlung, M., Tsai, C.L., McCarthy, D.M. (2017). Association between overall rate of change in rising breath alcohol concentration and the magnitude of acute tolerance of subjective intoxication via the Mellanby method. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, 32. DOI: 10.1002/hup.2565

Scherer, L.D., Caverly, T.J., Burke, J., Zikmund-Fisher, B.J., Kullgren, J.T., Steinley, D., McCarthy, D.M., Roney, M., Fagerlin, A. (2016). Development of the Medical Maximizer-Minimizer Scale. Health Psychology, 35, 1276-1287. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/hea0000417