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Mary E. McCaul, Ph.D.

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Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences



  • 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.

Selected Publications

  1. McCaul, M.E., Wand, G.S., Eissenberg, T., Rohde, C.A., Cheskin, L.J. Naltrexone alters subjective and psychomotor responses to alcohol in heavy drinking subjects. Neuropsychopharmacology, 2000, 22(5), 480 - 492.
  2. McCaul, M.E., Wand, G.S., Rohde, C., Lee, S. Serum 6-beta-naltrexol levels are related to alcohol responses in heavy drinkers. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 2000, 24, 1385 û 1391.
  3. McCaul, M.E., Wand, G.S., Stauffer, R., Lee, S., Rohde, C. Naltrexone dampens ethanol-induced cardiovascular and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activation. Neuropsychopharmacology, 2001, 25, 537 û 547.
  4. McCaul, M.E., Svikis, D.S., Moore, R. Predictors of outpatient treatment retention: Demo- graphic versus substance use characteristics. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 2001, 62, 9 û 17.
  5. McCaul, M.E., Petry, N.M. The role of psychosocial treatments in pharmacotherapy for alcoholism. American Journal on Addictions, 2003, 12 (Suppl. 1):S41- S52.

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

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

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