Michael Cucciare, Ph.D.


Associate Professor (with tenure), 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, Advanced Psychology Fellowship, South Central Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC), North Little Rock Site.
Core Investigator, Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research (CeMHOR)


VA Phone: 501-257-1068
UAMS Phone: 501-526-8179
VA Email: michael.cucciare@va.gov
UAMS Email: mcucciare@uams.edu

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, 2015-2018

    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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. Cucciare, M. A., Ramsey, R. C., & Rongey, C. (2015). Treating substance use disorders in patients with hepatitis C. Addiction, 110 (7), 1057-1059.
    8. 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.
    9. 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
    10. 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]
    11. 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.
    12. 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.
    13. 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.
    14. 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.
    15. 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.
    16. 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.
    17. 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.
    18. 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. (2016). Assessing fidelity of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in rural VA clinics: design of a randomized implementation-effectiveness (hybrid type III) trial. Implementation Science, 11 (65), 1-9.
    19. Timko, C., Schultz, N. R., Britt, J., & Cucciare, M. A. (2016). Transitioning from detoxification to substance use disorder treatment: facilitators and barriers. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 70, 64-72.
    20. Abraham, T., Lewis, E., Drummond, K., Timko, C., & Cucciare, M. A. (2017). Providers’ perceptions of barriers and facilitators to disclosure of alcohol misuse among women Veterans. Primary Health Care Research & Development, 18 (1), 64-72.
    21. Cucciare, M. A., Jamison, A., Combs, A., Joshi, G., Cheung, R., Rongey, C., Huggins, J, & Humphreys, K. (2017). Adapting a computer-delivered brief alcohol intervention for Veterans with hepatitis C. Informatics for Health and Social Care, 42 (4), 378-392.
    22. Timko, C., & Cucciare, M. A. (2017). Transitioning from detoxification to addiction treatment: facilitators and barriers. Counselor: The magazine for addiction and behavioral health professionals, 18 (3), 46-52
    23. Ray, J., Kemp, L. L., Hubbard, A., & Cucciare, M. A. (2017). Developing a peer support protocol for improving Veterans’ engagement to computer-delivered cognitive-behavioral therapy. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 45(3), 253-265.
    24. Cucciare, M. A., Han, X., Timko, C., Zaller, N., Kennedy, K.M., Booth, B. (2017). Correlates of three-year outpatient medical care use among rural stimulant users. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 77, 6-12.
    25. Timko, C., Hoggatt, K. J., Wu, F. M., Tjemsland, A., Cucciare, M. A., Rubin, A., Simpson, T. L. (2017). Substance use disorder treatment services for women in the Veterans Health Administration. Women’s Health Issue. [epub ahead of print]
    26. Timko, C., Booth, B., Han, X., Schultz, N., Wong, J. J., Blonigen, D., & Cucciare, M. A. (2017). Criminogenic needs, substance use, and offending among untreated stimulant users. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 41 (2), 110-122.
    27. Abraham, T., Lewis, E., & Cucciare, M. A. (2017). Providers’ perspectives on barriers and facilitators to connecting women Veterans to alcohol-related care from primary care. Military Medicine, 182 (9), e1888-e1894.
    28. Abraham, T., Wright, P., White, P., Booth, B. M., & Cucciare, M. A. (2017). Feasibility and acceptability of a shared decision-making to promote alcohol behavior change among women Veterans: Results from focus groups. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 36 (4), 252-263.
    29. Cucciare, M. A., Han, X., Timko, C., Zaller, N., Kennedy, K. M., & Booth, B. M. (2018). Longitudinal associations between outpatient medical care use and substance use among rural stimulant users. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 44 (2), 78-85.
    30. Blonigen, D. M., Cucciare, M. A., Timko, C, Smith, J., Harnish, A., Kemp, L., Rosenthal, J. & Smelson, D. (2018). Study protocol: A hybrid effectiveness-implementation trial of moral reconation therapy in the US Veterans Health Administration. BMC Health Services Research, 18 (1), 164.
    31. Cucciare, M. A., Kennedy, K. M., Han, X., Timko, C., Zaller, N., & Booth, B. M. (2018). Utilization of outpatient medical care and substance use among rural stimulant users: Do the number of visits matter? Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 86, 78-85.
    32. Wong, J. J., Cucciare, M. A., Booth, B., & Timko, C. (in press). Predicting substance use patterns among rural adults: The roles of mothers, fathers, and parenthood. Family Process.
    33. Woodhead, E.L., Booth, B. M., Timko, C., Tjemsland, A., Han, X., & Cucciare, M. A. (in press). Longitudinal health outcomes and treatment utilization among emerging, young-middle, and older adults using stimulants. Journal of Adult development.
    34. Timko, C., Han, X., Woodhead, E., Shelley, A., & Cucciare, M. A. (in press). Polysubstance use by stimulant users: health outcomes over three years. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
    35. Abraham, T. H., Marchant-Miros, McCarthur, M. B., Craske, M., Curran, G. M., Kearney, L. K., Greene, C., Lindsey, J., & Cucciare, M. A. (in press). An iterative method for adapting the Coordinated Anxiety Learning Management (CALM) protocol for use within Veterans Affairs Community-Based Outpatient Clinics. Journal of Medical Internet Research: Mental Health.