Dr. Molly Magill is an Associate Professor at Brown University School of Public Health, the Director of Biostatistics at the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, and an adjunct instructor at Boston College School of Social Work. She completed her graduate work at Boston College and her postdoctoral training at Brown University. To date, Dr. Magill's career has focused on the intersection of science and practice in addictions treatment. Specifically, her research examines psychosocial treatment efficacy, process, and methods of provider training. Of particular emphasis in her work are adult one-to-one or group-delivered therapies based on motivational, cognitive-behavioral, and twelve-step approaches. Dr. Magill has been awarded several research grants from the National Institutes of Health and has published over 50 peer reviewed articles based on her research. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the state of Massachusetts.
Magill, M., Gaume, J., Apodaca, T.R., Walthers, J., Mastroleo, N.R., Borsari, B. & Longabaugh, R. (2014). The technical hypothesis of motivational interviewing: A meta-analysis of MI’s key causal model. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82(6), 973-983. PMCID: PMC4237697.
Magill, M., Kiluk, B., McCrady, B., Tonigan, J.S., & Longabaugh, R. (2015). Active ingredients of treatment and client mechanisms of change in behavioral treatments for alcohol use disorders: Progress 10 years later. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 39(10), 1852-1862. PMCID: PMC4592447.
Magill, M., Apodaca, T. R., Gaume, J., Walthers, J., Durst, A., Longabaugh, R, Stout, R.L., & Carroll, K.M. (2016). Alcohol Intervention Mechanisms Scale (AIMS): Reliability and predictive and concurrent validity. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 70, 28-34. PMCID: PMC5079285.
Magill, M., Apodaca, T. R., Karno, M., Gaume, J., Walthers, J., Durst, A., Stout, R.L., & DiClemente, C. (2016). The Client Language Assessment - Proximal/Distal (CLA-PD): Reliability and validity of an observational measure of client decision-making. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 63(1), 10-17. PMCID: PMC4775323.
Magill, M., Walthers, J., Mastroleo, N.R., Gaume, J., Longabaugh, R., Stout, R.L., & Apodaca, T.R. (2016). Therapist and client discussions of drinking and coping: A sequential analysis of therapy dialogues. Addiction, 111(6), 1011-1020. PMCID: PMC4861699.
Magill, M., Colby, S.M., Orchowski, L., Murphy, J.G., Hoadley, A., Brazil, L., & Barnett, N.P. (2017). How does a brief motivational intervention reduce heavy drinking and harm? Testing outcome mediators among young adults. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85(5), 447-458. PMCID: PMC5398911
Magill, M., Apodaca, T.R., Borsari, B.,Gaume, J., Hoadley, A., Gordon, R., Tonigan, J.S., & Moyers, T. (2018). A meta-analysis of motivational interviewing process: Technical, relational, and conditional process models of change. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 86(2), 140-157. PMCID: PMC5958907
Magill, M., Bernstein, M., Hoadley, A., Borsari, B., Apodaca, T.R., Gaume, J., Moyers, T., & Tonigan, J.S. (2018). Do what you say and say what you are going to do: A preliminary meta-analysis of client language about change in motivational interviewing. Psychotherapy Research. PMC in process Mechanisms of Behavior Change Satellite Committee. (2018). Novel approaches to the study of mechanisms of behavior change with alcohol or other drug use disorders. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs: Special Section on Mechanisms of Behavior Change, 79(2), 159-162. PMC in process
05/01/2018 – 4/30/2022 R01, AA025485, NIAAA ROLE: Multiple Principle Investigator (MPI Lee/Magill); Site Principle Investigator The proposed study will test a series of theory-driven hypotheses regarding the within-session predictors of MI outcome and a novel mechanism of culturally adapted MI (CAMI).
R21, AA026006, NIAAA 08/01/2017 – 07/31/2019 ROLE: Principal Investigator The purpose of this study is to conduct a state-of-the-art meta-analysis of CBT/RP efficacy, moderated efficacy, and mediating processes. This is important because meta-analysis is considered the highest level of evidence for informing practice, funding, and public health policy decisions.
PLWH 10/01/2017 – 9/30/2021 UH2, AA026206, NIAAA ROLE: CO-Investigator (MPI: Monti/Celio) The purpose of this study is to use Phase One translational methods to optimize salience and sequencing of targeted behaviors in a multi-target intervention for alcohol use and ART adherence in a limited resource medical treatment setting. The project will result in a scalable, brief telehealth intervention.
U13, AA024013, NIAAA 09/01/15 – 08/31/20 ROLE: CO-Investigator (MPIs: Karno/Witkiewitz) The aim of this project is to support for the Annual Pre-Conference Satellite Meeting for the Study of Mechanisms of Behavior Change at the Research Society on Alcoholism.