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Christopher Barrick, PhD

Christopher Barrick PhD

Senior Research Scientist

Counseling Psychology

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.

Development of a Telephone-Based Clinical Skills Assessment Tool

Barrick | McGillicuddy
This project proposes to develop a telephone-based, role-playing tool to assess the clinical skills practitioners learn in a variety of training settings.

Role play is an important method by which clinicians can practice a clinical intervention, receive feedback, and monitor application of that feedback to their clinical practice. When clinical training is offered online, by distance learning, or asynchronously, there are enormous challenges to conducting role plays or similar unrehearsed assessments of clinical skill. This project proposes to develop an alternate form of the telephone-based clinical skill assessment tool (T-CAT) and conduct a psychometric evaluation to examine the generalizability, alternate form reliability, and construct validity of the T-CAT. This approach 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. 

Principal Investigator
Christopher Barrick, PhD
Research Institute on Addictions

Neil McGillicuddy, PhD
Research Institute on Addictions

Funding Agency
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Grant Number


Developing Web Delivered Coping Skills Training for Women with Alcoholic Partners

Rychtarik | McGillicuddy | Barrick
This project is developing a Web-based coping skills training program to help reduce the psychological distress experienced by women living with an alcoholic partner.

In this study, Dr. Robert G. Rychtarik and colleagues are developing a web-delivered coping skills training program for women with alcoholic partners. The study’s early-stage treatment development work will use an iterative, user-centered web site development process to develop and preliminarily test the Internet-based Coping Skills Training program. Results will provide the foundation for a larger research effort evaluating this promising treatment delivery model. Dr. Rychtarik’s co-investigators on the study are Drs. Neil B. McGillicuddy and Christopher Barrick. Funded by a grant of $994,778 from NIAAA.This project is supported through funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), 2009-2013.

Knowledge Exchange and Skills Training for Therapists

Barrick | Collins | Smyth

The goal of this study was to develop a training program for therapists using a combination of laptop computers, an interactive database, and distance learning in a state-of-the-science, innovative model of technology transfer and knowledge exchange. The training program offers instructional design technology, a constructivist theory-based approach to learning, and a computer-based Post-Training Support Center. A clinical trial in a series of four phases allowed for ongoing development and refinement of the training materials with 90 volunteer clinicians. This investigation will provide a better quality of learning and understanding and make empirically supported treatments available to broad audiences of community-based clinicians. Dr. Chris Barrick’s co-investigators are Drs. R. Lorraine Collins, UB School of Public Health and Health Professions, School of Public Health and Health Professions, and Nancy Smyth, UB School of Social Work. Funded by a grant of $1,585,000 from NIDA, 2005-2010.

Linking Advanced Practice Centers and Local Health Departments

Homish | Barrick

The goal of this project was to assist in disseminating information to rural first responders. To do this, a web-based “wiki” board was prepared and demonstrated to allow for rapid editing and enhancing of content to the first responders. Principal Investigator Gregory Homish, PhD, UB’s Department of Health Behavior and Chris Barrick, PhD, RIA, collaborated on the project. Funded by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), and in conjunction with the Western New York Public Health Alliance, the Linking Advanced Practice Centers & Local Health Departments to Gregory Homish, PhD, 2008-2009.