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Robert G. Rychtarik, PhD

Robert G. Rychtarik, PhD

Senior Research Scientist

Clinical Psychology

Research Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Contact Information

1021 Main Street
Buffalo, NY  14203-1016
Phone: (716) 887-2591

Primary Research Areas

Substance abuse treatment outcome research; development and evaluation of coping skill training programs for family members of those with addictive disorders.

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.

Project STARTT (Stress Tension and Alcohol Relationships Today and Tomorrow)

Rychtarik | McGillicuddy
Researchers evaluated different group-based interventions to reduce the physical, psychological and relationship stress felt by women with alcoholic partners.

Women with an alcoholic or problem drinking partner can experience significant physical, psychological and relationship distress. This project will evaluate different interventions to reduce this distress among women experiencing stress from a partner’s drinking problem, and whose partner is not in treatment. For more information about Project STARTT please visit

Principal Investigator
Robert Rychtarik, PhD

Research Institute on Addictions

Neil B. McGillicuddy, PhD
Research Institute on Addictions

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


Skill Training for Women with Alcoholic Partners

Dr. Robert Rychtarik’s study evaluated the relative efficacy of skill training and twelve-step facilitation treatments for women whose alcoholic partner was not in treatment. Funded by a grant of $1,782,100 from NIAAA, 1990-1998.

Coping in Those with Pathological-Gambling Partners

This treatment development project extended the investigators’ prior work on coping in women with alcoholic partners to coping in individuals with a pathological-gambling partner. The project developed and piloted the content of a skill training program designed to assist individuals experiencing psychological stress resulting from problems brought on by their partner's gambling as a first-step in the development of a systematic program of research on coping in families of pathological gamblers. Funded by a grant of $665,476 from NIMH, 1999-2003.

Skill Training for Parents of Adolescent Drug Abusers

Parents of Teens Program

The investigators continued their research on skills parents use to deal with problem situations resulting from their adolescent's use of drugs and alcohol. The study evaluated the relative efficacy of skill training and 12 step facilitation interventions for parents of adolescent substance abusers not in treatment. Funded by a grant of $2,523,437 from NIDA, 1995-2003.

Treatment Settings for Alcoholics: A Field Extension

The research team matched and mismatched clients to inpatient vs. outpatient alcoholism treatment in a community field setting based on their drinking problem severity and cognitive functioning measures. Treatment consisted of 21 days of primary (inpatient or outpatient) care and 6 months of outpatient aftercare. Participants subsequently were followed for 18 months postprimary care. The results will contribute to the existing knowledge-base on efficient and effective client placement criteria. Robert Whitney, MD, of the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), Division of Chemical Dependency Unit collaborated with RIA scientists. Funded by a grant of $2,364,815 from NIAAA, 2002-2008.