Christopher Barrick, PhD

Christopher Barrick PhD.

Senior Research Scientist

Counseling Psychology

Department of Family Medicine
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Contact Information

1021 Main Street,
Buffalo NY  14203-1016
Phone: (716) 887-2538

Primary Research Areas

Substance abuse clinician training, substance use and the elderly.



Research Agenda

Dr. Barrick's research interests focus on two broad areas: looking at effective ways to disseminate evidence-based interventions into broad clinical practice and using technology to facilitate clinical substance abuse research. He has developed an alternate form of the telephone-based clinical skill assessment tool (T-CAT), with an interactive voice recording (IVR)-based approach to assessment. This has promise as a method to allow for improved clinical skill assessment for a variety of training methods in the alcohol and drug abuse treatment fields. Dr. Barrick plans to continue to develop the T-CAT measure and compare its usefulness to traditional role play assessment. In addition, he is looking at ways to better integrate computer and interactive voice recording (IVR)-based technologies into broader dissemination and intervention efforts.

He has also been involved in adapting face-to-face Coping Skills Training (CST) for women with alcoholic partners to a Skills Training program designed to be accessed by individuals at a stand-alone website, and has used computer and web-based technologies to disseminate new models of therapies to community clinicians.

Areas of Expertise

  • Dissemination and implementation in the substance abuse treatment field
  • Internet and distance learning methods
  • Developing more effective methods to deliver and assess clinical interventions and clinical training using technology-based methods (such as interactive voice recording [IVR])