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 the examination of mechanisms that increase sexual aggressive acts within a binge drinking context.  Third, Dr McChargue's team is in the development of novel treatment modalities (e.g., teleconferencing) for populations of interest. Patient populations of interest include those vulnerable to depression, anxiety and those exposed to traumatic events. Substance use populations are from university samples (binge drinkers, marijuana use) and community treatment agencies (methamphetamine, alcoholism, poly-substance use).

Please click Comorbid Addiction and Mental Illness Laboratory link above for further information about lab and current projects


Dr. McChargue teaches:
Undergraduate Courses -- Abnormal Psychology; Health Psychology
Graduate Courses -- Evidence-Based Clinical Interviewing; 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
Recent Peer Reviewed Articles

* indicates graduate student participation

66Tuliao, AP*, Jaffe AE* & McChargue DE. (accepted). Alcohol expectancies, posttraumatic stress disorder and alcohol use in college students with a history of childhood trauma. Journal of Dual Diagnosis.

 65Klanecky, AK*, McChargue, DE & Tuliao AP* (in press). Proposed pathways to problematic drinking via PTSD symptoms, emotion dysregulation and dissociative tendencies following child/adolescent sexual abuse. Journal of Addictive Diseases.

 64Tuliao A*, Landoy, BV & McChargue DE (in press). Factor Structure and Invaiance Test of the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT): Comparison and Further Validation in a US and Philippines College Student Sample. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse.

 63Wahlstrom, LC*, Panuzio Scott, J*, Tuliao, AP*, DiLillo, D. & McChargue DE (2015). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms, Emotion Dysregulation, and Aggressive Behavior among Incarcerated Methamphetamine Users. Journal of Dual Diagnosis 11(2); 118-127.

 62King, S* & McChargue, DE (2014). Adolescent Substance Use Treatment: The Moderating Effects of Psychopathology on Treatment Outcomes. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 33: 366-375. DOI: 10.1080/10550887.2014.969599

 61Oakland, A* & McChargue, DE (2014). The Impact of Social Anxiety and Polysubstance Use on the Length of Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorders for Men in a Residential Substance Use Treatment Program. Journal of Dual Diagnosis 10(1); 3-8.

 60Tuliao, AP* & McChargue, DE (2014). Severity of Alcohol Use and Sexual Aggression among Male College Students: Investigating the Moderating and Mediating Roles of Alcohol Outcome Expectancies. American Journal on Addictions, 23(4): 321-8.

 59Gervais, SJ, DiLillo, D & McChargue, D (2014). Understanding the Link Between Men’s Alcohol Use and Sexual Violence Perpetration: The Mediating Role of Sexual Objectification. Psychology of Violence 4(2): 156-169.

Chapters and Invited Papers

  • DiLillo, D., & McChargue, D. (2007). Implementing elements of evidence-based practice into scientist-practitioner training at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Journal of Clinical Psychology 63(7), 671-685.
  • Shiffman, S., Kassel, J., Gwaltney, C., & McChargue, D. (2005). Relapse prevention for smoking cessation. In G. A. Marlett & D. M. Donovan (Eds.), Relapse Prevention, Second Edition: Maintenance Strategies in the Treatment of Addictive Behaviors (pp. 92-129). New York: The Guilford Press.
  • Cohen, L. M., McChargue, D. E., Cortez, M., Prensky, E., & Emery, S. (2003). The etiology and treatment of nicotine dependence: A biopsychosocial perspective. In L. M. Cohen, D. E. McChargue, & F. L. Collins (Eds.), The health psychology handbook: Practical issues for the behavioral medicine specialist (pp. 101-124). New York: Sage Publication.
  • Collins, F. L., Britt, D. M., Cohen, L. M., McChargue, D. E., Larson, M. E. M., Leftwich, M. J. T., & Stott, H. D. (1999). Practitioner guidelines for the treatment of nicotine dependence. In L. VandeCreek & T. Jackson (Eds.) Innovations in clinical practice: A sourcebook (Vol. 17). Sarasota, FL: Professional Resource Press.
Volumes Edited
  • Cohen, L., Collins, F., Young, A., McChargue, D., Leffingwell, T. (2009). The pharmacology and treatment of substance abuse using evidence and outcomes based perspectives. New Jersey, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
  • Cohen, L. M., McChargue, D. E., & Collins, F. L. (2003). The health psychology handbook: Practical issues for the behavioral medicine specialist. New York: Sage Publication.
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 2020-2021 class.