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College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology

Sterling McPherson

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Washington State University, 2010

Contact Information

Office: SNRS 314D – Spokane (Health Sciences Campus)
Phone: (509) 324-7459

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Classes Taught

  • HPA 519: Biostatistics and Epidemiology for the Health Sciences
  • Nursing 554: Epidemiology and Introductory Biostatistics for Health Professions

Research Interests

Latent variable modeling, modern missing data (e.g., pattern and selection models), longitudinal analyses (GEE, latent growth), psychopharmacology and substance abuse, nephrology My primary research lines include 1) development of evidence-based substance use disorder treatments, 2) innovative analytical methods to answer research questions in psychopharmacology and substance abuse, and 3) substance use disorder as a complicating co-morbidity.

Selected Publications

Barbosa-Leiker, C., McPherson, S., Mamey, M. R., Burns, G. L., & Roll, J. (in press). Measurement invariance of the Adjective Rating Scale for Withdrawal across treatment groups, gender, and over time. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

McPherson, S., Barbosa-Leiker, C., McDonell, M., Howell, D., & Roll, J. (in press). Longitudinal missing data strategies for substance use clinical trials using generalized estimating equations: An example with a buprenorphine/naloxone trial. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental.

Barbosa-Leiker, C., McPherson, S., Cameron, J., Jathar, R., & Roll, J. (in press). Depression as a mediator in the longitudinal relationship between psychological stress and alcohol use. Journal of Substance Use.

McDonell, M., McPherson, S., Vilardaga, R., Srebnik, D., Angelo, F., Leickly, E., Roll, J., & Reis, R. (in press). Preliminary findings: The effect of contingency management for psycho-stimulant use on smoking abstinence in a sample of adults with severe mental illness. The American Journal on Addictions.

Roll, J. M., Chudzynski, J., Cameron, J., Howell, D., & McPherson, S. (2013). Duration effects in contingency management treatment of methamphetamine disorders. Addictive Behaviors, 38, 2455-2462.

McPherson, S., Packer, R., Cameron, J., Howell, D. & Roll, J. (2013). Biochemical predictors are better than self-report in a smoking cessation contingency management analog study. The American Journal on Addictions.

McDonell, M. G., Srebnik, D., Angelo, F., McPherson, S., Lowe, J. Sugar, A., Coblentz, P., Short, R., Roll, J. M., & Reis, R. K. (2013). A randomized controlled trial of contingency management for psycho-stimulant use in community health outpatients with co-occurring serious mental illness. American Journal of Psychiatry, 170, 94-101.

McPherson, S., & Barbosa-Leiker, C. (2012). An example of a two-part latent growth curve model for semicontinuous outcomes in the health sciences. Journal of Applied Statistics, 39, 2113-2128.

McPherson, S., Barbosa-Leiker, C., & Short, R. & Tuttle, K. R. (2012). Classification of chronic kidney disease biomarkers to predict coronary artery calcium. Kidney and Blood Pressure Research, 36, 26-35.

Daratha, K. B., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Burley, M., Short, R., Layton, M., McPherson, S., Dyck, D., McFarland, B. & Tuttle, K. (2012). Co-occurring mood disorders among hospitalized patients and risk for subsequent medical hospitalization. General Hospital Psychiatry, 34, 500-505.

Sterling McPherson

Washington State University