RRFT: Integrative Risk Reduction and Treatment for Teen Substance Use Problems and PTSD

Based on Research Conducted at OSLC

The aim of this project was to conduct a randomized clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of Risk Reduction through Family Therapy (RRFT) for child sexual abuse victims reporting current substance abuse and experiencing trauma-related symptoms. RRFT was compared to treatment as usual on substance abuse and PTSD outcomes from pre-treatment through 18 months post-entry. […]

Project Overview

The aim of this project was to conduct a randomized clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of Risk Reduction through Family Therapy (RRFT) for child sexual abuse victims reporting current substance abuse and experiencing trauma-related symptoms. RRFT was compared to treatment as usual on substance abuse and PTSD outcomes from pre-treatment through 18 months post-entry. Possible mechanisms of action (parenting practices and emotional reactivity) for RRFT were evaluated.

Year Project Began: 2014
Funder: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Principal Investigator

Michael R. McCart, Ph.D.

Mike McCart
Research Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center

Active Research Projects

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

Dr. McCart is a licensed psychologist with specialized training in cognitive, behavioral, and family systems approaches to treating serious clinical problems in youth and emerging adults. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has been a Senior Research Scientist at the Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC) since 2014. Prior to joining the OSLC, Dr. McCart was the Assistant 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 centers on enhancing health services for two high-risk populations: (1) youth and emerging adults with substance use and co-occurring behavior problems and (2) victims of interpersonal trauma. His work with these groups, funded by NIMH, NIDA, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and others, spans all phases of intervention research, including initial development and pilot testing of treatment protocols, randomized efficacy studies, and multi-site effectiveness trials. Dr. McCart has over 50 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 therapists treating at-risk youth, emerging adults, and families for over twelve years.