Research & Biography

Stanley McCracken is a Lecturer in the School of Social Service Administration. He is a licensed clinical social worker and a registered dual disorder professional. His practice and teaching interests lie in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, multicultural mental health, aging, spirituality in social work practice, and dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practice. Prior to 2007 when he came to SSA full-time, he had a joint appointment as Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago, Department of Psychiatry and later at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. In addition to seeing clients in the department of psychiatry, he also worked with patients in the departments of gastroenterology, cardiology, primary care, and the diabetes center.

McCracken has taught courses in adult psychopathology and mental health treatment, substance abuse, clinical research, evidence-based clinical practice, the field case seminar, and will take over spirituality and social work practice. He is the program director for the Evidence-Based Practice concentration and for the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Advanced Training Program (AODA-ATP).

He has published a number of articles and book chapters in such diverse areas as behavioral medicine, behavioral pharmacology, psychiatric rehabilitation, substance abuse, and evidence-based practice. He is co-author of two books, Practice guidelines for extended psychiatric care: From chaos to collaboration and Interactive staff training: Rehabilitation teams that work, which was translated and re-released in Japan. He has been on the editorial boards of the Research in Social Work Practice, American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Best Practices in Mental Health, and Journal of Muslim Mental Health. He also is co-author of the Council on Social Work Education Gero-Ed Advanced MSW curriculum in mental health and aging.

When not at SSA McCracken provides clinical and program consultation to a variety of public sector and non-profit service agencies. He has overseen staff training, program development, and curriculum development projects for a number of states, the Veterans Administration, the State Department, and was an expert witness for the Department of Justice. He has overseen development of staff training curricula in psychiatric rehabilitation, substance abuse, long-term care, and to train Iraqi primary care physicians and community mental health workers to provide services to survivors of torture. In Illinois he has contracted with and served on advisory groups for the Divisions of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Healthcare and Family Services, Rehabilitative Services, and the Department of Child and Family Services.

McCracken completed his masters and Ph.D. at SSA in 1978 and 1987, respectively. He received a BA in English with a minor in Asian Studies from Northwest Nazarene College in 1969. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1973 as a Vietnamese interpreter and later a legal clerk.