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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., 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.
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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