Molly MagillAssociate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research)
Dr. Molly Magill is currently an Associate Research Professor and Director of Biostatistics at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Social Work Research from Boston College. Dr. Magill's broad area of study is mechanisms of behavior change in psychosocial treatment for addictive disorders.
Magill, M. (2015). Branding addiction therapies and reified specific factors; A Commentary on Miller and Moyers. Addiction, 110(3), 416-417.
Longabaugh, R., Magill, M., Morgenstern, J. & Huebner, R. (2013). Mechanisms of behavior change in treatment for alcohol and other drug use disorders. In B.S. McCrady & E.E. Epstein, Addictions: A Comprehensive Guidebook (2nd Ed.; Ch. 27). USA: Oxford University Press.
Magill, M. & Longabaugh, R. (2013). The stakes are high: A response to McKay. Addiction, 108(5), 883-4. PMID: 23587078
Longabaugh, R. & Magill, M. (2012). The Lid is off the Black Box: A Commentary on Michie et al. Addiction. 107(8), 1441-2. PMID:22779417
McCullough, L. & Magill, M. (2008). Affect-focused short-term dynamic psychotherapy: Empirically-supported strategies for resolving affect phobias. In R. Levy & J.S. Ablon, (Eds.), Handbook of Evidence-Based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Practice (1st Ed.; Ch. 11). New Jersey: Humana Press.
Magill, M. (2006). The future of evidence in evidence based practice: Who will answer the call for clinical relevance? Journal of Social Work, 6(2), 101-115. doi:10.1177/1468017306066737
Dr. Molly Magill's broad area of study is mechanisms of behavior change in psychosocial treatment for addictive disorders. Her research focus is the use of observational coding methods to study interactions within therapy sessions, and to link these data with analyses of client behavior outside of therapy sessions. She examines both proximal (in route) and distal (main outcome) behavior change.
Dr. Magill has focused her career on substance use treatment at the level of science and practice. These experiences to date have led to a belief that research on change mechanisms can enhance knowledge gained from clinical trials research, and in the case of treatment outcome equivalence or difference. Such information can lead to greater treatment efficiency by identifying common treatment factors, treatment-specific ingredients, and thus, dissemination priorities.
R21, AA023662-01, NIAAA, (PI: Magill). TITLE: Technical, Relational, & Conditional Process Models of MI Efficacy: Meta-Analysis. The proposed project will test the Technical Hypothesis, Relational Hypothesis, and a series of conditional process models that purport to explain the therapeutic benefit of Motivational Interviewing for alcohol and other drug use disorders.
R01, AA023194-01, NIAAA, (PI: Magill). TITLE: Intervention Ingredients and Mechanisms of an Efficacious Motivational Interview. The current study will test a series of theory-driven hypotheses regarding the within-session predictors of outcome in an efficacious MI
K23, AA018126-01, NIAAA (PI: Magill) TITLE: Within and Post-Session Change Mechanisms in Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorders. The aim of this Career Development Award is to prepare the candidate for a scientific career in the study of mechanisms of behavior change in psychosocial treatment for alcohol use disorders.
U24, AA022003-01. ROLE: CO-Investigator (PI: Kahler) TITLE: Mechanisms of Behavior Change Resource Core for Alcohol-HIV Interventions.This projects supports a resource core that will code clinical dialogues in five alcohol-HIV intervention trials to assess mechanisms of behavior change in both alcohol use and HIV-related behaviors.
R01, HD065942-01A1, NIDA. (PI:Stein). TITLE: Contraceptive Awareness and Reproductive Health. The aim of this project is to reduce unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted disease among young women involved in the criminal justice system. ROLE: SITE PI Biostatistical Sub-Contract.
Research Society on Alcoholism, 2007 to Present
Society for Psychotherapy Research, 2008 to Present
Planning Committee, Pre-Conference Satellite on Mechanisms of Behavior Change, Research Society on Alcoholism, 2011 to Present
Mechanisms of Behavior Change: Conceptual Foundations
Mechanisms of Behavior Change: Quantitative Methods
Advanced Regression Analysis in the Behavioral Sciences