Department of Psychology

Sally MacKain

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Dr. Sally MacKain, Professor
PhD. Psychology, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 1987
B.A., Psychology, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1982

Teaching Laboratory Building, Rm 3096
UNCW, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 962-3732 | |

I am a clinical psychologist with a specialization in the psychosocial treatment of severe, persistent mental illness. My research interests include needs assessment and evaluation of inpatient and outpatient programs that serve people with psychotic disorders. In particular, I am interested in developing and evaluating behavioral interventions that will help people manage their persistent symptoms and collaborate effectively with care providers. Some of my recent collaborations with graduate and undergraduate students have focused on understanding the effects of coercion on motivation and engagement in substance abuse treatment, and on effective mental health treatment in prisons. I teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses related to ethical mental health practice.

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MacKain, S. J., Myers, B., Ostapeij, L. & Newman, R. A. (2010). Job satisfaction among master's and doctoral level correctional psychologists: The relative impact of facets assessing economics, management, relationships, and perceived organizational support. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 37(3), 306-318.

MacKain, S. & Lecci, L. (2010) Perceived coercion in substance abuse treatment: The eye of the beholder? Journal of Substance Use, 15 (1), 24-30.

MacKain, S.J. & Mueser, K.T. (2009). Training in illness self management for people with mental illness in the criminal justice system. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 12, 31-56.

MacKain, S.J. & Baucom, T. (2008). Medication management skills training for mentally ill inmates: What happens later? Journal of Behavior Analysis-Offender & Victim Treatment & Prevention.

MacKain, S.J. and Messer, C.E. (2004). Ending the Inmate Shuffle: An intermediate care program for inmates with a chronic mental illness. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 4, 87-100.

MacKain, S.J., Smith, T., Koppelowicz, A. & Wallace, C. (1998). Evaluation of a Community Re-Entry Program. International Review of Psychiatry, 10, 76-83.