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John McQuaid, Ph.D


415-221-4810 x4106
Research Interests
My research interests include randomized controlled trials of psychotherapy, psychosocial treatment of psychological disorders, veteran-specific treatment needs and challenges, and implementation of internet-based interventions in VA settings. I serve on the MyHealthevet executive committee that oversees the internet-based resources for veterans using VA services,

University of CA, San Diego, B.A., 1988, Psychology
University of Oregon; Eugene, M.S., 1990, Clinical Psychology
University of Oregon; Eugene, Ph.D., 1994, Clinical Psychology
University of California, San Francisco, Internship, 1994, Clinical Psychology
University of California, San Francisco, Postdoctoral fellowship, 1995, Clinical Psychology


1995-2009 Assistant Professor to Professor, University of California, San Diego
1995-2002 Staff Psychologist, VA San Diego Healthcare System
1995-2009 Director, Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions Program, VA San Diego Healthcare System
1999-2009 Clinical Director, Special Treatment and Evaluation Program, VA San Diego Healthcare System
1999-2009 Research Scientist, Veterans Medical Research Foundation
2003-2009 Associate Chief, Psychology Service, VA San Diego Healthcare System
2005-2008 Acting Director, Family Mental Health Program, VA San Diego Healthcare System
2009-present Associate Chief of Mental Health, San Francisco VA Medical Center
2010-Present Professor, University of California, San Francisco

Current Research Support

RR&D #F6441-R (PI: McQuaid) 2008-2011
Veterans Affairs
Psychosocial and Visual Feedback Intervention for Phantom Limb Pain

7685 (PI: Drummond) 2009-2014
Department of Defense
Treating Nightmares and Insomnia in PTSD: Impact on Psychiatric Symptoms and Healthcare Utilization

Selected publications

McQuaid, J.R., Marx, B.P., Rosen, M.I., Bufka, L.F., Tenhula, W., Cook, H. & Keane, T.M. (In Press). Mental health assessment in rehabilitation research. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development.

Nappi, C.M., Drummond, S.P.A., Thorp, S.R., & McQuaid, J.R. (Epub 2009; print 2010). Effectiveness of Imagery Rehearsal Therapy for the Treatment of Combat-Related Nightmares in Veterans. Behavior Therapy, 41, 237-244.

Ramel, W., Goldin, P.R., Eyler, L.T., Brown, G.G., Gotlib, I.H. & McQuaid, J.R. (2007). Amygdala reactivity and mood-congruent memory in individuals at risk for depressive relapse. Biological Psychiatry, 61, 231-239.

Haynes, P.L., McQuaid, J.R., Ancoli-Israel, S. & Martin, J.L. (2006). Disrupting life events and the sleep-wake cycle in depression. Psychological Medicine, 36, 1363-1374.

McQuaid, J.R., Pedrelli, P., McCahill, M., & Stein, M.B.. (2001) Reported trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder, and major depression among primary care patients. Psychological Medicine, 31, 1249-1257.

McQuaid, J.R., Granholm, E., Patterson, T.L., McClure, F.S., Roepke, S., Pedrelli, P., & Jeste D.V. (2000). Development of an Integrated Cognitive-Behavioral, Social Skills Training Intervention for Older Patients with Schizophrenia. Journal of Psychotherapy Practice and Research, 9, 149-156.

Stein, M.B., McQuaid, J.R., Pedrelli, P., Lenox, R, & McCahill, M.E. (2000). Posttraumatic stress disorder in the primary care medical setting. General Hospital Psychiatry, 22, 261-269.

McQuaid JR, Stein MB, McCahill M, Laffaye C, Ramel W (2000).  Use of brief psychiatric screening measures in a primary care sample.  Depression and Anxiety, 12(1):  21-9.

McQuaid, J.R., Brown, S.A., Aarons, G.A., Smith, T., Patterson, T.L., & Schuckit M.A. (2000). Predictors of life stress in an alcohol treatment sample. Addictive Behaviors, 25, 131-137.

McQuaid, J.R., Monroe, S.M., Roberts, J.R., Kupfer, D.J., & Frank, E. (2000). A comparison of two life stress assessment approaches: Prospective prediction of treatment outcome in recurrent depression. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 109, 787-791.

Muñoz, R.F., McQuaid, J.R., González, G., Dimas, J., & Rosales, V. (1999). Automated screening for depression in a women's clinic: A Spanish- and English-language voice recognition method. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 67, 502-510.

McQuaid, J.R., Stein, M.B., Laffaye, C., & McCahill, M. (1999). Depression in a primary care clinic: The prevalence and impact of an unrecognized disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 55, 1-10.

Arean, P.A., McQuaid, J.R., & Muñoz, R.F. (1997). Mood Disorders. For Turner, S., & Hersen, M. (Eds.). Adult Psychopathology and Diagnosis, 3rd Edition (pp. 230-255). New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Monroe, S.M., & McQuaid, J.R. (1994). Measuring life stress and assessing its impact on mental health. In Gotlib, I, & Avison, W. (Eds.). Stress and Mental Health: Contemporary Issues and Prospects for the Future (pp. 43-73). New York: Plenum.

McQuaid, J.R., Monroe, S.M., Roberts, J.R., Johnson, S.L., Garamoni, G.L., Kupfer, D.J., & Frank, E. (1992). Toward the standardization of life stress assessment: Definitional discrepancies and inconsistencies in methods. Stress Medicine, 8, 47-56.

Updated: September 10, 2012