Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Staff Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Associate Director for Research Training, South Central Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC)
Director, Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, Center for Mental Health Care and Outcomes Research (CeMHOR), Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
Director, Advanced Psychology Fellowship, South Central Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC), North Little Rock Site.
Research Health Scientist and Core Investigator, Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research (CeMHOR)


VA Phone: 501-257-1068
UAMS Phone: 501-526-8179
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Research Expertise

Michael Cucciare is a clinical psychologist interested in the implementation of evidence-based mental health practices in medical settings. He completed a predoctoral psychology internship at the VA Palo Alto where he developed clinical expertise in behavioral medicine and motivational interviewing. While a postdoctoral research fellow in health services research, he was involved in several studies evaluating technology-delivered protocols for treating alcohol misuse and training providers in evidence-based interventions for treating substance use disorders. Upon completion of his fellowship, he was awarded a five-year VA HSR&D Career Development Award (CDA-2) to develop expertise in the implementation of evidence-based mental health practices in primary care. He recently completed an RCT evaluating the relative effectiveness of alternative methods for delivering a brief intervention for alcohol misuse. He also recently received VA HSR&D funding to conduct a comparative effectiveness trial to examine two methods for reducing alcohol use among veterans with hepatitis C.

Recent Publications

Current publications, 2009-2016

  1. Cucciare, M. A., & Sorrell, J., & Trafton, J. (2009). Predicting response to cognitive – behavioral therapy in a sample of HIV-positive patients with chronic pain. Journal of Behavioral Medicine 32(4), 340-348.
  1. Weingardt, K., Cucciare, M., Bellotti, C., & Lai, WP. (2009). A randomized trial comparing two models of web-based training in cognitive behavioral therapy for substance abuse counselors. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 37(3), 219-227.
  1. Cucciare, M. A., Weingardt, K, R., & Humphreys, K. (2009). How internet technology can improve the quality of care for substance use disorders. Current Drug Abuse Reviews, 2 (3), 256-262.
  1. Gray, H., Jimenez, D., Cucciare, M. A., Tong, H. Q., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2009). Ethnic differences in beliefs regarding Alzheimer’s disease among dementia family caregivers. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 17 (11), 925-933.
  1. Jimenez, D. E., Gray, H. L., Cucciare, M., Kumbhani, S. R., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2010). Using the revised Acculturation Rating Scale for Mexican Americans (ARSMA-II) with older adults. Hispanic Health Care International, 8, 14-22.
  1. Cucciare, M. A., Gray, H., Azar, A., Jimenez, D., Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2010). Exploring the Relationship between Physical Health, Depressive Symptoms, and Depression Diagnoses in Hispanic Dementia Caregivers. Aging and Mental Health, 14(3), 274-282.
  1. Cucciare, M. A., Darrow, M., & Weingardt, K. (2011). Characterizing binge drinking among U.S. Military Veterans receiving a brief alcohol intervention. Addictive Behaviors, 36, 362-367.
  1. Leykin, Y., Cucciare, M., & Weingardt, K. (2011). Differential effects of online training on job-related burnout among substance abuse counselors. Journal of Substance Use, 16(2), 127-135.
  1. Holland, J. M., Thompson, L. W., Cucciare, M. A., Tsuda, A., Okamura, , Spiegel, D., Rasgon, N. L., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2011). Cortisol outcomes among Caucasian and Latina/Hispanic women caring for a family member with dementia: A preliminary examination of psychosocial predictors and effect of a psychoeducational intervention. Stress & Health, 27 (4), 334-346.
  1. Trafton, J. A., Cucciare, M. A., Lewis, E., & Oser, M. (2011). Somatization is associated with non-adherence to opioid prescriptions. The Journal of Pain, 12 (5), 573-580.
  1. Cucciare, M.A., Ghaus, S., Weingardt, K., & Frayne S. (2011). Sexual assault and substance use in male Veterans receiving a brief alcohol intervention. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 72 (5). 693-700.
  1. Cucciare, M. A., & Weingardt, K. (2011). “Commentary on Gibson et al.: The increasing mortality burden of liver disease among opioid dependent people: Cohort study [Brief alcohol interventions in the context of HCV treatment].” Addiction, 106 (12), 2193-2194.
  1. Midboe, A. M., Cucciare, M. A., Trafton, J., Ketroser, N., & Chardos, J. (2011). Implementing motivational interviewing in primary care: the role of provider characteristics. Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, and Research, 4, 588-594.
  1. Oser, M., Cucciare, M. A., McKellar, J., & Weingardt, K. (2012). Correlates of hazardous drinking among veterans with and without Hepatitis C. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 35, 634-641.
  1. Cucciare, M. A., & Ghaus, S. (2012). A web-based intervention for alcohol misuse in VA primary care. Psychiatric Services, 63 (3), 2.
  1. Cucciare, M. A., Ketroser, N., Wilbourne, P., Midboe, A., Cronkite, R., Berg-Smith, S. M., & Chardos, J. (2012). Teaching motivational interviewing to primary care staff in the Veterans Health Administration. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 27 (8), 953-961.
  1. Aldridge-Gerry, A., Cucciare, M. A., Ghaus, S., & Ketroser, N. (2012). Do normative perceptions of drinking relate to alcohol use in U.S. Military Veterans presenting to primary care? Addictive Behaviors, 37 (7), 776-782. Reprinted as a Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families Research Brief: Aldridge-Gerry, A., Cucciare, M. A., Ghaus, S., & Ketroser, N. (2012). Do normative perceptions of drinking relate to alcohol use in U.S. Military Veterans presenting to primary care?
  1. Cucciare, M. A., Weingardt, K., Greene, C., & Hoffman, J. (2012). Current trends in using internet and mobile technology to support the treatment of substance use disorders. Current Drug Abuse Reviews, 5 (3), 1-6.
  1. Cucciare, M. A., Boden, M. T., & Weingardt, K. R. (2013). Brief alcohol interventions can improve mental health functioning in veterans presenting to primary care: results from a randomized trial. Journal of Affective Disorders, 147, 312-317.
  1. Cucciare, M.A., Weingardt, K. R., Ghaus, S., Boden, M., & Frayne, S. (2013). A randomized controlled trial of a web-delivered brief alcohol intervention in VA primary care. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74 (3), 428-436.
  1. Cucciare, M. A., Simpson, T., Hoggatt, K., Gifford, E., & Timko, C. (2013). Substance use among women veterans: epidemiology to evidence-based treatment. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 32, 119-139.
  1. Mason, A., Boden, M., & Cucciare, M. A. (2014). Prospective associations among approach coping, alcohol misuse and psychiatric symptoms among veterans receiving a brief alcohol intervention. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 46 (5), 553-560.
  1. Lewis, E. T., Cucciare, M. A., Trafton, J. A. (2014). What do patients do with unused opioids? Clinical Journal of Pain, 30 (8), 654-662.
  1. Halvorson, M. A., Finlay, A K., Cronkite, R. C., Bi, X., Hayashi, K., Maisel, N. C., Amundson, E. O. R., Weitlauf, J. C., Litt, I. F., Owens, D. K., Timko, C., Cucciare, M. A., & Finney, J. W. (2014). Ten-year publication trajectories of health services research career development award recipients: collaboration, awardee characteristics, and productivity correlates. Evaluation and the Health Professions. [epub ahead of print]
  1. Cucciare, M. A., Coleman, E.A., Saitz, R., & Timko, C. (2014). Enhancing transitions from addiction treatment to primary care. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 33 (4), 340-353.
  1. Halvorson, M. A., Ghaus, S., & Cucciare, M. A. (2014). Care utilization and patient characteristics of Veterans who misuse alcohol. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 33 (4), 332-339.
  1. Cucciare, M. A., Coleman, E. A., & Timko, C. (2015). A conceptual model to facilitate transitions from primary to specialty substance use disorder care: a review of the literature. Primary Health Care Research & Development, 16(5), 492-505.
  1. Cucciare, M. A., Blonigan, D., & Sox-Harris, A. (2015). Associations between alcohol-related concerns, normative perceptions of peer alcohol use, and veterans’ drinking behavior over six-months. Journal of Substance Use, 20 (2), 128-135.
  1. Timko, C., Below, M., Schultz, N., Brief, D., & Cucciare, M. A. (2015). Patient and program factors that bridge the detoxification-treatment gap: a structured evidence review. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 52, 31-39.
  1. Kendra, M. S., Weingardt, K. R., Cucciare, M. A., & Timko, C. (2015). Satisfaction with substance use treatment and 12-step groups predicts outcomes. Addictive Behaviors, 40, 27-32.
  1. Hoggatt, K., Jamison, A., Lehavot, K., Cucciare, M. A., Timko, C., & Simpson, T. (2015). Alcohol and drug misuse, abuse, and dependence in women veterans: a systematic review of the literature. Epidemiologic Reviews, 37, 23-37.
  1. Cucciare, M.A., Weingardt, K., Garcia, D, & Ghaus, S. (2015). Posttraumatic stress disorder and illicit drug use in Veterans presenting to primary care with alcohol misuse. Addiction Research and Theory, 23 (4), 287-293.
  1. Cucciare, M. A., Ramsey, R. C., & Rongey, C. (2015). Treating substance use disorders in patients with hepatitis C. Addiction, 110 (7), 1057-1059.
  1. Cucciare, M. A., Sadler, A., Mengeling, M. A., Torner, J. C., Curran, G. M., & Booth, B. (2015). Associations between deployment, military rank, and binge drinking in active duty and Reserve/National Guard US servicewomen. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 153, 137-142.
  1. Cucciare, M. A., & Timko, C. (2015). “Commentary on Glass et al.: [Specialty substance use disorder services following brief alcohol intervention: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trails. [Bridging the gap between medical settings and specialty addiction treatment].” Addiction, 110 (9), 1417-1419
  1. Cucciare, M. A., Lewis, E. T., Hoggatt, K., Bean-Mayberry, B., Timko, C., Durazo, E., Jamison, A., & Frayne, S. (2015). Factors affecting women’s disclosure of alcohol use in primary care: a qualitative study with U. S. Military Veterans. Women’s Health Issues. [epub ahead of print]
  1. Timko, C., Schultz, N. R., Cucciare, M.A., Garisson-Deihn, C. (2016). Retention in medication-assisted treatment for opiate dependence: A structured review. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 35(1), 22-35.
  1. Simpson, T., Rillamas-Sun, E., Lehavot, K., Timko, C., Rubin, A., Cucciare, M. A., Williams, E., Padula, C., Hunt, J., & Hoggatt, K. J. (2016). Alcohol consumption levels and all-cause mortality among women veterans and non-veterans enrolled in the women’s health initiative. Gerontologist, 56 (Suppl 1), S138-S149.
  1. Finney, J. W., Amundson, E. O., Xiaoyu, B., Cucciare, M. A., Eisen, S. A., Finlay, A K., Halvorson, M. A., Hayashi, K., Owens, D. K., Maisel, N.C., Timko, C., Weitlauf, J. C., & Cronkite, R. C. (in press). Evaluating the productivity of VA, NIH, and AHRQ Health Services Research Career Development awardees. Academic Medicine.
  1. Cucciare, M. A., Xiaotong, H., Curran, G., & Booth, B. (in press). Longitudinal associations between religiosity, social support, and methamphetamine and cocaine use in untreated rural stimulant users in the U.S.A. Substance Use and Misuse.
  1. Schultz, N. R., Martinez, R., Cucciare, M.A., & Timko, C. (in press). Patient, Program, and System Barriers and Facilitators to Detoxification Services in the Veterans Health Administration: A Qualitative Study of Provider Perspectives. Substance Use and Misuse.
  2. Timko, C., Kong, C., Vittorio, L., & Cucciare, M. A. (in press). Screening and brief intervention for unhealthy substance use in patients with chronic medical conditions: a systematic review. Journal of Clinical Nursing.
  3. Lewis, E. T., Jamison, A. L., Ghaus, S., Durazo, E., Frayne, S. M., Hoggatt, K. J, Bean-Mayberry, B., Timko, C., Cucciare, M. A. (in press). Receptivity to alcohol-related care among women with alcohol misuse. Journal of Addictive Diseases.
  4. Cucciare, M. A., Curran, G. M., Craske, M., Abraham, T., McCarthur, M. B., Marchant-Miros, K., Lindsey, J., Kauth, M. R., Landes, S., & Sullivan, G. (in press). Assessing fidelity of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in rural VA clinics: design of a randomized implementation-effectiveness (hybrid type III) trial. Implementation Science.