Michael R. McCart, Ph.D.

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.

Selected Publications

  • McCart, M. R., & Sheidow, A. J. (2016). Evidence-based psychosocial treatments for adolescents with disruptive behavior. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 45, 529-563. doi:10.1080/15374416.2016.1146990

  • Davis, M., Sheidow, A. J., & McCart, M. R. (2015). Reducing recidivism and symptoms in emerging adults with serious mental health conditions and justice system involvement. Journal of Behavioral Health and Services Research, 42, 172-190.

  • McCart, M. R., Sheidow, A. J., & Letourneau, E. J. (2014). Risk reduction therapy for adolescents (RRTA): Targeting substance use and HIV/STI-risk behaviors. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 21, 161-175.

  • Sarver, D. E., McCart, M. R., Sheidow, A. J., & Letourneau, E. J. (2014). ADHD and risky sexual behavior in adolescents: Conduct problems and substance use as mediators of risk. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 55, 1345-1353.

  • Adams, Z. W., McCart, M. R., Zajac, K., Danielson, C. K., Sawyer, G. K., Saunders, B. E., & Kilpatrick, D. G. (2013). Psychiatric problems and trauma exposure in non-detained delinquent and non-delinquent adolescents. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 42, 323-331.

  • McCart, M. R., Henggeler, S. W., Chapman, J. E., & Cunningham, P. B. (2012). System-level effects of integrating a promising treatment into juvenile drug courts. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 43, 231-243.

  • 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.

  • Henggeler, S. W., McCart, M. R., Cunningham, P. B., & Chapman, J. E. (2012). Enhancing the effectiveness of juvenile drug courts by integrating evidence-based practices. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80, 264-275.

  • Danielson, C. K., McCart, M. R., Walsh, K., de Arellano, M. A., White, D., & Resnick, H. S. (2012). Reducing substance use risk and mental health problems among sexually assaulted adolescents: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 628-635.

  • McCart, M. R., Zajac, K., Danielson, C. K., Strachan, M., Ruggiero, K. J., Smith, D. W., Saunders, B. E., & Kilpatrick, D. G. (2011). Interpersonal victimization, posttraumatic stress disorder, and change in adolescent substance use prevalence over a ten-year period. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40, 136-143.

  • Kofler, M. J., McCart, M. R., Zajac, K., Ruggiero, K. J., Saunders, B. E., & Kilpatrick, D. G. (2011). Depression and delinquency covariation in an accelerated longitudinal sample of adolescents. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79, 458-469.

Recent Publications

  • Feder, A. F., McCart, M. R., Kahn, G., Mauro, P. M., Sheidow, A. J., & Letourneau, E. J. (2018). Association of mental health symptoms and peer behaviors with risk for substance use and condomless sex among youths in juvenile drug court. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 27, 133-145.

  • Letourneau, E. J., McCart, M. R., Sheidow, A. J., & Mauro, P. M. (2017). First evaluation of a contingency management intervention addressing adolescent substance use and sexual risk behaviors: Risk Reduction Therapy for Adolescents. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 72, 56-65.

  • Mauro, P. M., McCart, M. R., Sheidow, A. J., Naeger, S. E., & Letourneau, E. J. (2017). Parent and youth engagement in court-mandated substance use disorder treatment. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 26, 324-331. doi:10.1080/1067828X.2017.1305935

  • 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. (2016). Victims of violence: Evaluation and management. In P. M. Kleespies (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of behavioral emergencies and crises (pp. 146-164). New York: Oxford University Press.