Department of Psychology

Sally MacKain

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

Teaching Laboratory Building, Rooms 3096 (office) & 3021 (lab)
UNCW, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 962-3732 | email me | view my CV | visit my personal webpage 

I am a clinical psychologist with a specialization in the psychosocial treatment of people with schizophrenia and other serious mental illness. My research interests include recovery from mental illness and substance use, especially with those involved in the criminal justice system, and reducing stigma. Some of my recent collaborations with graduate and undergraduate students have focused on understanding the effects of coercion on motivation and engagement in treatment, and on the evaluation of mental health and drug treatment courts. I teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses related to ethical mental health practice and cultural competence.

Recent Grants and Contracts

Principal Investigator, “Evaluation of Drug Court Expansion and Enhancement.” Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration/Center for Substance Abuse Treatment/Brunswick County Courts. $114,500 total 2018-2023 (Awarded).

Principal Investigator, “Drug Court Expansion: Process, outcome, and racial disparities.” Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration/Center for Substance Abuse Treatment/Brunswick County Courts. $45,000 total 2015-2018 (Awarded).

Principal Investigator, “Evaluation of a mental health specialty court”. Bureau of Justice Assistance. $19,998 total 2013-2015 (Awarded).

Select Publications

Kemppainen, J., MacKain, S., Alexander, M., Reid, P., & Jackson, M. (2017). Post traumatic stress disorder & stressful life events among rural women with HIV disease. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 28 (2), 216-225.

Costelloe, S., Kemppainen, J., Brion, J., MacKain, S., Reid, P., Frampton, A., & Rigsbee E. (2015). Impact of anxiety and depressive symptoms on perceptions of stigma in persons living with HIV disease in rural versus urban North Carolina, AIDS Care, 27, 1425-1428.

Kemppainen, J., MacKain, S.J., & Reyes, D. (2013). Anxiety symptoms in HIV-infected individuals. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 24 S29-S39.

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.