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Mike McDonnell

Dr. McDonell’s research, teaching and clinical expertise focus on ameliorating addiction and mental health disparities. In particular his research has focused on improving addiction treatment in two populations who suffer from high rates of substance use disorders: severely mentally ill adults and American Indians and Alaska Natives. His NIH-funded research focuses on the use of a novel alcohol biomarker to deliver a feasible alcohol intervention called contingency management (a.k.a. motivational incentives) in these populations. These studies are primarily focused on addressing alcohol disparities, however they are also the first large studies to accurately assess the efficacy of this intervention for alcohol problems in any population. His other ongoing research is focused on improving the assessment and treatment of severe mental health problems in youth served in the public mental health system. For the last five years Dr. McDonell has served as a faculty mentor on a NIMH-funded T32 grant designed to provide clinical research training to post-doctoral fellows pursuing careers as health disparities researchers. For the last two years he has served as faculty mentor on the Native American Investigator Development Program. He also serves as an ad hoc reviewer for the Health Disparities and Equity study section at NIH. As a clinical psychologist Dr. McDonell has over 10 years of clinical experience proving evidence-based psychotherapies to adults and youth who suffer from severe psychiatric disorders in the public mental health system.​ 

Michael G. McDonell, Ph.D.​

Associate Director Initiative for Research and Education to Advance Community Health

Associate Professor, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Washington State University Spokane​

Colorado School of Public Health

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