Dr. Danielle McCarthy is one of three UW-CTRI Directors of Research. She leads a program of research focused on the development, refinement, and implementation of treatments to help people stop smoking cigarettes. As part of this research program, she studies the psychological changes that people experience leading up to and during an attempt to quit smoking and ways in which treatments do (or do not) affect these experiences. She has also worked with colleagues to apply longitudinal data models to better understand the processes of change in smoking and the way treatments affect these processes.
Her recent work focuses on ways to enhance quitline services for socioeconomically disadvantaged adults who smoke, and ways to equitably enhance the reach of evidence-based treatment in healthcare and community settings to help more people who smoke to quit. The overall aim of this work is to find new and improved ways to help people stop smoking for good.
McCarthy is a named UW-CTRI Director of Research Professor. This 5-year professorship reflects her strong scientific contributions and the collective efforts, achievements, and impact of the entire UW-CTRI team. This professorship provides funds that can be used to support UW-CTRI research, scholarship, and other UW-CTRI activities to advance the UW-CTRI research mission.
McCarthy has published several papers on patterns of change during stop-smoking efforts. She has posted information about how to identify patterns of change in longitudinal data on behavior using Repeated Measures Latent Class Analysis (RMLCA) at this link for researchers.
She received her bachelor’s in Psychology from Yale University in 1997 and her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006. She completed her pre-doctoral Clinical Psychology internship at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. She served on the faculty in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey from 2006 to 2016. Dr. McCarthy is a licensed Clinical Psychologist.
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