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Richard D. Ager, PhD, LCSW
Richard D. Ager, PhD, LCSW
Areas of Expertise:
- PhD in Social Work and Psychology from University of Michigan
- MSW in Clinical Practice from University of Michigan
- BS in Psychology from University of Michigan
Dr. Ager's major areas of interest and research expertise are substance abuse, treatment outcome, family practice, and teaching/training counselors and students in evidence-based practices. Dr. Ager's current research interest focuses on couples and family treatment in alcohol and other drug misuse. His teaching background includes clinical and community practice, organizational theory, family practice, human behavior and the social environment, qualitative research, and addictions.
2015-2016 - Mindfulness Training Intervention for TSSW Students (PI) TSSW, $7,000
2010-2011 - Questionnaire for Evidence-Based Practice with Violent Couples (PI) Dean’s Incentive Fund $7,500 and Research Enhancement Fund (22,500), $30,000
10/01-9/04 - Substance Abuse Services Alliance Practice-Research Collaborative Phase II Implementation Grant (PI) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, $849,271
Ager, R. D., Adams K. B., & Yoshioka, M. R. (2021) Mental Disorders and Distress in Marriages with a Problem Drinking Husband, Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, DOI: 10.1080/07347324.2021.1872460
Ager, R. D., Yoshioka, M. R., & Adams, K. B. (2020). Unilateral Spouse Therapy to reach the treatment-resistant alcohol abusing partner: A randomized controlled trial. Research on Social Work Practice, 30(7), 802-814. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731520931171
Beasley, C. C., & Ager, R. (2019). Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy: A systematic review of its effectiveness over the past 19 years. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 16(2), 144–159. https://doi.org/10.1 080/23761407.2018.1563013.
Ager, R. D. (2018). A Qualitative Study of Intimate Partner Violence from the Perpetrator’s Perspective. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260518815142.
Ager, R. D. (2017). A qualitative study of intimate partner violence from a CognitiveBehavioral perspective. Journal of Interpersonal violence, 1-30. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260517719902.
Ager, R. D. (2012). The Learning Activities Questionnaire: A Tool to Enhance Teaching. Journal of Social Work Education, 48(1), 127-138.
Wood, A. R., Ager, R. D., & Wood, R. J. (2011). Motivational Interviewing: A qualitative examination of factors impacting adoption and implementation in a community-wide setting. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 11(4), 336-351.
Ager, R. D., Roahen-Harrison, S., Toriello, P. J. Kissinger, P. Morse, P. Morse, E. V., Carney L. Rice, J., & (2011). Predictors of Adopting Motivational Enhancement Therapy. Research on Social Work Practice, 21 (1), 65-76.
For more publications, see Dr. Ager's CV or his page at ResearchGate.
Community Involvement / Board Positions
- National Association of Social Workers, Member
- American Psychological Association, Member