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Dr. Douglas L. Polcin

Alcohol Treatment Therapist

San Francisco State University

HQ Phone: (415) 338-1111

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San Francisco State University

1600 Holloway Avenue Cesar Chavez Student Center M-100D

San Francisco, California 94132

United States

Company Description

San Francisco State University, with a student population of over 29,000 students, is one of the 23 campuses that make up the California State University system, the largest system of higher education in the country. SFSU's mission is to create and mainta ... more

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Background Information

Employment History


California Pacific Medical Center

Ad Hoc Reviewer

National Institutes of Health

Trainer and Clinical Supervisor CTN Studies

MI and MET


Haight Ashbury Free Clinics Inc

Principal Investigator

Public Health Institute

Instructor In the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies Program

University of California


Postdoctoral Fellow
Alcohol Research Group

Options Recovery Services

Member, Editorial Boards
Offender Counseling and the Journal of Counseling and Development

Member, Editorial Boards
Journal of Addiction

Adjunct Faculty Member of the Department of Counseling Psychology
John F. Kennedy University

Adjunct Faculty Member
Pacific Graduate School of Psychology





Counseling Psychology

Northeastern University


counseling psychology

San Francisco State University


clinical psychology

San Francisco State University

master's program in Counseling Psychology

Dominican University

Web References (114 Total References)

The Center ARGonaut, newsletter of National Alcohol Research Center at Alcohol Research Group Center [cached]

Doug Polcin (Re)joins Alcohol Research Group [8/2005]

I am most happy to welcome back Dr. Doug Polcin, a former ARG postdoctoral fellow, who joins our scientific team as an innovative NIAAA-funded health services researcher drawing on his extensive clinical experience.
Doug Polcin (Re)joins Alcohol Research Group
[Vol. 6, No. 1/2, 2005]
Douglas L. Polcin, Ed.D., has recently joined the Alcohol Research Group as a Research Scientist. This is a "homecoming" for us, as he was a Postdoctoral Fellow from 1996 to 1999. While at ARG, he began to develop the research areas that are his current interest and focus. In particular, he focused on coercion to enter alcohol treatment, with Connie Weisner, Dr.P.H., as his mentor and co-collaborator, which developed into a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism-funded study of probation officers' use of coercion as a means of improving alcohol treatment utilization among probationers. Results from the study indicated that two factors predicted probation officers' use of coercion to mandate alcohol treatment: a belief that treatment was effective and a belief that their peers in the department were using coercion frequently. Suggestions for probation departments included exposing probation officers to research demonstrating the effectiveness of coerced treatment and developing management approaches within departments that facilitated normative practices and beliefs that support the use of coercion.
Dr. Polcin has also been an alcohol treatment therapist since receiving his masters in Clinical Psychology at San Francisco State University in 1982, and his research has always focused on issues of importance to treatment counselors and treatment systems. After receiving his master's, he worked as a clinician, supervisor, and administrator in a variety of substance abuse and mental health programs as well as in private practice. He received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University in Boston in 1991, completing a dissertation on the treatment of psychiatric day treatment clients who also had substance use disorders. He examined how staff members working in these settings viewed these clients, the types of services they though these clients needed, and the types of services they actually received. "In a nutshell," Polcin says, "staff perceived [such clients] as very problematic and felt that they needed many substance abuse services that they were not receiving.
Dr. Polcin's current NIAAA-funded study is a longitudinal assessment of alcohol and drug outcomes for individuals residing in sober living houses.
Dr. Polcin has been active in two of the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) Clinical Trials Network (CTN) studies of Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET). The first was at the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, which was part of the Pacific Region, UCLA Research Node. Dr. Polcin served as a co-investigator and clinical supervisor in a randomized clinical trial at eleven treatment sites nationwide to study MET. The study was designed to test (1) whether or not MET can be learned by counselors employed in community programs and (2) whether or not it is more effective than treatment as usual.
The second CTN MET study is based at the University of Cincinnati and is testing whether MET can improve treatment retention and outcome for pregnant women entering treatment. Dr. Polcin's role is that of an independent consultant supervising counselors at two treatment sites. Finally, Dr. Polcin is involved as a consultant in a research project at California Pacific Medical Center testing the efficacy of a "high dose" MET manual for the treatment individual addicted to methamphetamines. Dr. Polcin pursued the transition to ARG because of his positive prior experience as a postdoctoral fellow and his desire to be associated with a group of experienced scientists with proven research records. Polcin also expressed an appreciation for the skilled ARG and PHI support staff who make the process of grant submission and management go smoothly.

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Polcin, D.L., Sterling, J., Brown, T., Brown, M., Buscemi, R., Korcha, R. (2015). Client and therapist views about intensive and standard motivational interviewing. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, September (10.1007/s10879-014-9280-1) Abstract or Full Text Nayak M.B., Korcha R.A., Kaskutas L.A., Avalos L.A. (2014). Feasibility and acceptability of a novel, computerized Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI) for alcohol and sweetened beverage use in pregnancy. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 14 379 Abstract or Full Text Polcin, D.L., Bond, J., Korcha, R., Nayak, M.B., Galloway, G.P., Evans, K. (2014).

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