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Mary E. McCaul, Ph.D.

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Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Background

Dr. McCaul is a professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  She has served on expert panels and as a consultant for NIH, SAMHSA and other federal and private groups.  She co-directs the JHU Integrated Program for Substance Abuse Research.  Dr. McCaul has had continuous NIH research funding for over 30 years, and also has been the recipient of grant awards from many foundations supporting research into alcohol and drug use disorders.  Her research ranges from human brain imaging to examine the neurotransmitter systems underpinning addictive disorders, to treatment effectiveness studies that examine psychological and pharmacological treatments for alcohol, illicit drug and nicotine use disorders.  Over the last decade, her work also has focused on the intersection of alcohol and HIV.  She has published numerous papers and invited book chapters on these topics.

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Titles

  • Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Associate Professor of Medicine

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. McCaul has expertise in human behavioral pharmacology research.  Most recently, her laboratory research has focused on alcohol effects in a variety of subject populations, including social drinkers, alcohol-dependent subjects and adult offspring of alcoholics. In addition, she has conducted several large-scale pharmacotherapy trials investigating the effectiveness of a variety of medications for alcohol- and opioid-dependent patients.  She is the Principal Investigator on several NIH research projects examining alcohol and drug etiology, interventions and treatment effectiveness.

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Alpha Kappa Delta
  • NIAAA New Investigator's Research Award, 1983 - 1986

Memberships

  • American Psychological Association, Fellow
  • College on Problems of Drug Dependence
  • Research Society on Alcoholism

    Co-Chair, Government Affairs and Public Advocacy Committee, 1999 - 2001

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    Member, Government Affairs and Public Advocacy Committee, 1993 – 2001

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    Member, Nominations Committee, 2002 - 2008

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    Liaison, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Council - 1997 - 2001

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  • International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism
  • Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • NIH NIAAA & NIDA National Conference on Alcohol and Opioid Use in Women and Girls, Women’s Alcohol and Drug Treatment Engagement & Outcomes: Evidence and Implications, 2017
    Presentation
  • Friends of NIAAA, Expanding the Reach of Alcohol Treatment, 2014
    Congressional Briefing
  • American Society for Addiction Medicine, Women, HIV and Alcohol, 2014
    Presentation
  • NIH NIDA National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network, Recent Thinking About Drinking: New Evidence-Based Approaches to Care, 2014
    Presentation
  • ATTC, Alcohol & Alcoholism: Behavioral Treatment Update, 2011
    Presentation

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Hopkins Brain Wise Newsletter articles about Dr. McCaul's work:

PET Can Take the Mystery Out of Addictions (and More)

All in the Slicing and Dicing

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