James McKay Ph.D
James McKay, Ph.D. Dr. McKay is a Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Scientific Director of the Penn Center for Studies of Addiction. Dr. McKay received a Ph.D. from Harvard University, and completed a clinical psychology internship at McLean Hospital and a postdoctoral fellowship in treatment outcome research at Brown University. He is the recipient of an Independent Scientist (K02) Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, as well as a number of research grants from NIDA and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Dr. McKay is the author or coauthor of over 100 peer reviewed journal articles and 21 book chapters. His work has included evaluations of continuing care treatments for alcohol and cocaine use disorders, comparisons of outcomes following inpatient and outpatient treatments, evaluations of ASAM and other patient placement criteria, studies of the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of enhanced treatments for substance abuse, and the identification of factors over time that predict relapse following substance abuse treatment. Dr. McKay has also conducted studies on several methodological issues, including whether randomized and nonrandomized treatment comparisons yield similar results. His empirical and review papers on continuing care and factors in relapse are widely cited and have been influential in the field. He is a member of NIDA’s Health Services Grant Review Committee, a member of the Scientific Panel of Advisors, Butler Center for Research, Hazelden Foundation, and a Consultant to the Caron Foundation. Dr. McKay’s current research efforts are focused on the development and evaluation of flexible approaches to the management of addiction as a chronic disorder, including the use of the telephone to provide extended continuing care.