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Douglas L. Polcin
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Douglas L. Polcin, Ed.D

Senior Scientist
Phone: 510-597-3440


Ed.D. Counseling Psychology, Boston's Northeastern University
M.S. Clinical Psychology, San Francisco State University

Primary Research Area:

Peer helping, motivational enhancement therapy, criminal justice mandated treatment, the roles of coercion and confrontation in treatment outcome, bridging treatment and research, and spirituality.

Current Projects:

Recently/Selected Completed Projects:

Awards & Activities:

  • Adjunct faculty member at John F. Kennedy University (2002 - 2011)
  • Adjunct Faculty at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (2008 - 2010)
  • NIAAA Training Program Post-doctoral Fellow, Alcohol Research Group and UC Berkeley SPH (1996 - 1998)

Selected Research Publications:

Polcin D.L., Korcha R., Bond J. (In Press) Interaction of motivation and psychiatric symptoms on substance abuse outcomes in Sober Living Houses.
Polcin D.L., Mericle A., Howell J., Sheridan D., Christensen J. (In Press) Maximizing social model principles in residential recovery settings.. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.
Polcin DL, Sterling J, Brown T, Brown M, Buscemi R, Korcha R (In Press) Client and therapist views about intensive and standard motivational interviewing. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy.
Polcin, D.L., Bond, J., Korcha, R., Nayak, M.B., Galloway, G.P., Evans, K. (In Press) Randomized trial of intensive Motivational Interviewing for methamphetamine dependence. Journal of Addictive Diseases.
Jason, L.A., Mericle, A.A., Polcin, D.L., & White, W.L. (2013) The role of recovery residences in promoting long-term addiction recovery. American Journal of Community Psychology, 52, 406-411.
Polcin, D. L., Mulia, N., & Jones, L. (2012) Substance Users' Perspectives on Helpful and Unhelpful Confrontation: Implications for Recovery. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 44(2), 144-152.
Polcin, D. L., Korcha, R., Greenfield, T. K., Bond, J., & Kerr, W. (2012) Twenty‐one year trends and correlates of pressure to change drinking. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 36(4), 705-715.
Polcin, D.L., Henderson, D., Trocki, K., Evans, K., Wittman, F. (2012) Community context of sober living houses. Addiction Research &Theory, 20(6), 490-491.
Polcin, D.L., Korcha, R.A., Bond, J., & Galloway, G (2010) Sober living houses for alcohol and drug dependence: 18-month outcomes. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 38(4), 356-365.
Polcin, D.L., Korcha, R.A., Bond, J., & Galloway, G (2010) Eighteen month outcomes for clients receiving combined outpatient treatment and sober living houses.. Journal of Substance Use, 15, 352-366.
Polcin, D. L. (2009) Communal living settings for adults recovering from substance abuse. Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery, 4(1&2), 7-22.
Polcin, D. L., Beattie, M (2007) Relationship and institutional pressure to enter treatment: differences by demographics, problem severity, and motivation. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 68(3), 428-36.
Polcin, D. L., Galloway, G. P., Bostrom, A., & Greenfield, T. K. (2007) Factor analysis of the Alcohol and Drug Confrontation Scale (ADCS). Addictive Behaviors, 32(10), 2274-2280.
Polcin, D. L. (2006) Reexamining confrontation and Motivational Interviewing. Addictive Disorders & Their Treatment, 5(4), 201-209.
Polcin, D. L. (2006) What about Sober Living Houses for parolees?. Criminal Justice Studies, 19(3), 291-300.
Polcin, D.L., and Zemore, S.E. (2004) How psychiatric severity is related to helping, spirituality, and achievement in Alcoholics Anonymous. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 30, 577-592.

For a full listing of Douglas L. Polcin's publications, click here.

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