Associate Professor Psychology

Lab site: Biobehavioral Substance Mechanisms And Related Treatments

Dr. McChargue received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Oklahoma State University. Before joining the faculty in 2005, he finished his postdoctoral training in 2000 and transitioned into a Research Assistant Professor position at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Health Research Scientist at the Edward Hines VA Hospital.

Overall Research Interest

Dr. McChargue's research aims are three-fold.  First, his team is active in examining vulnerability mechanisms that promote dual diagnosis among mental health and substance use/health behaviors. He uses such information to develop target treatment for dually diagnosed patients. Genetic variation, personality characteristics and affect regulatory processes are viewed as mechanisms that help explain dual diagnosis. Second, his team is active in applying research knowledge to treatment and intervention efforts for substance abuse. They often examine brief motivational interventions and telehealth mechanisms. Protective behavioral strategy implementation is a more recent intervention effort for the lab as well. Finally, Dr. McChargue and the B-SMART lab are interested in substance use and harm related outcomes such as physical violence and sexual violence. 

Please click the link above for further information about the B-SMART lab and current projects.


Dr. McChargue teaches  two undergraduate courses, Abnormal Psychology and Health Psychology. He also teaches two graduate level courses, Evidence-Based Clinical Interviewing and Clinical Intervention. 


Dr. McChargue serves as the Co-Director of the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology. He is also the Director of the Substance Abuse Specialty Clinic in the Psychology Consultation Clinic as well as the Consulting Clinician at Houses of Hope Transitional Substance Use Treatment Facility and the Substance Abuse Supervision Unit in State Probation.  Lastly, he is an Associate member of the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center.

Representative Publications

Please click on the following links to review Dr. McChargue's peer-reviewed publications. 

Google Scholar

NCBI Bibliography

Research Funding Sources
Extramural Funding

Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (NIDA K08) 1 K08 DA00467
Depression-Prone Smokers and Cigarette Craving
Principal Investigator: Dennis E. McChargue, Ph.D.
Funding Dates: September 2000 - September 2005

VA Merit Review Entry Program Grant
Depression-Prone Smokers, Dysphoria, and Cigarette Craving
Principal Investigator: Dennis E. McChargue, Ph.D.
Funding Dates: April 2000 - June 2002

Intramural Funding

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Faculty Seed Grant Award; $9,912
Genetic Markers, Binge Drinking, and Alcoholism Risk
Principal Investigator: Dennis E. McChargue, Ph.D.
Funding: January 2007 - December 2007

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Layman Award Grant; $10,000
Cigarette Smokers, High Blood Pressure, and Stress
Principal Investigator: Dennis E. McChargue, Ph.D.
Funding Dates: June 2006 - May 2007


Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Nebraska #719

Dr. McChargue will be taking students for the upcoming 2021-2022 class.