Active Research Projects

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

Dr. McCart earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has been a Senior Research Scientist at the Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC) since 2014. Prior to joining the OSLC, Dr. McCart was the Associate Director of the Family Services Research Center and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. McCart’s research focuses on the prevention and treatment of serious behavioral health problems (e.g., substance use, posttraumatic stress disorder, major depression, suicidal ideation) among adolescents and emerging adults (aged 12 – 29). When developing and evaluating interventions for those problems, he takes a multisystemic focus, targeting precipitating factors at individual, family, school, and community levels. Dr. McCart has received extensive funding from NIH to support all phases of intervention research, including initial development and pilot testing of treatment protocols, randomized efficacy studies, and multi-site hybrid implementation-effectiveness trials. Dr. McCart has over 75 publications and serves on the Editorial Board for two professional journals. In addition to his research expertise, Dr. McCart has provided consultation and supervision to community-based therapists treating adolescents, emerging adults, and families for over sixteen years.

Selected Publications

  • Danielson, C. K., McCauley, J., Hinkley, J., Hahn, A., Moreland, A., López, C., Goodyear, M., Adam, Z., & McCart, M. (2023). Prevention and intervention with young people as a critical public health strategy to curtail the opioid epidemic: A call to action. Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy, 14(4).

  • McCart, M. R., Sheidow, A. J., & Jaramillo, J. (2022). Evidence base update of psychosocial treatments for adolescents with disruptive behavior. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 1-28.

  • McCart, M. R., Chapman, J. E., Alley, Z., & Sheidow, A. J. (2022). Randomized trial of a diversion program for property offenders with drug use. Journal of Criminal Justice, 79, 101900. doi:10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2022.101900

  • McCart, M. R., Chapman, J. E., Zajac, K., & Rheingold, A. A. (2020). Community-based randomized controlled trial of psychological first aid with crime victims. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 88, 681-695.

  • Danielson, C. K., Adams, Z., McCart, M. R., Chapman, J. E., Sheidow, A. J., Walker, J., Smalling, A., & de Arellano, M. A. (2020). Safety and efficacy of exposure-based risk reduction through family therapy for co-occurring substance use problems and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms among adolescents: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA Psychiatry, 77, 574-586.

  • Sheidow, A. J., McCart, M. R., & Davis, M. (2016). Multisystemic therapy for emerging adults (MST-EA) with serious mental illness and justice involvement. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 23, 356-367.

  • McCart, M. R., Zajac, K., Kofler, M. J., Smith, D. W., Saunders, B. E., & Kilpatrick, D. G. (2012). Longitudinal examination of PTSD symptoms and problematic alcohol use as risk factors for adolescent victimization. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 41, 822-836.