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Department of Psychiatry Faculty

Photo: Stephen Chermack, Ph.D.

Stephen Chermack, Ph.D.

Contact Information


Primary Programs/Services:
VA Medical Center


  • Kent State University (Ph.D., Clinical Psychology)
  • Kent State University (M.A., Clinical Psychology)
  • State University of New York at Buffalo (B.A., Psychology)

Research Interest:

  • Substance use screening and brief interventions in medical care settings
  • Developing Violence Prevention Interventions for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders
  • Treatment Interventions Integrating Motivational Interviewing and CBT
  • Mental Health And Substance Abuse Health Services Utilization, Treatment Engagement And Outcomes

Academic Appointment:

  • Professor, Department of Psychiatry, U-M Medical School
  • Chief, Mental Health Service, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

Recent or Representative Publications:

  • Chermack ST, Wryobeck JM, Walton MA, Blow FC: Distal and proximal factors related to aggression severity among patients in substance abuse treatment: family history, alcohol use and expectancies. Addict Behav 31(5): 845-858, 2006.
  • Chermack ST, Murray RL, Walton MA, Booth BA, Wryobeck J, Blow FC: Partner aggression among men and women in substance use disorder treatment: correlates of psychological and physical aggression and injury. Drug Alcohol Depend 98(1-2): 35-44, 2008. PMCID: PMC3771635
  • Chermack ST, Murray R, Winters J, Walton M, Booth B, Blow F. Treatment needs of men and women with violence problems in substance use disorder treatment. Subst Use Misuse. 2009; 44:1236-1262. PMID:19938916 PMCID:PMC3756825
  • Walton MA, Chermack ST, Shope JT, Bingham CR, Zimmerman MA, Blow FC, Cunningham RM: Effects of a brief intervention for reducing violence and alcohol misuse among adolescents: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA 304(5): 527-535, 2010. PMCID: PMC3560393
  • Chermack ST, Grogan-Kaylor A, Perron BE, Murray RL, De Chavez P, Walton MA: Violence among men and women in substance use disorder treatment: a multi-level event-based analysis. Drug Alcohol Depend 112(3): 194-200, 2010. PMCID: PMC3641785
  • Cunningham RM, Chermack ST, Zimmerman MA, Shope JT, Bingham CR, Blow FC, Walton MA: Brief Motivational Interviewing Intervention for Peer Violence and Alcohol Use in Teens: One-Year Follow-up. Pediatrics 129(6): 1083-90, 2012. PMCID: PMC4074654
  • Cunningham RM, Whiteside LK, Chermack ST, Zimmerman MA, Shope JT, Bingham CR, Blow FC, Walton MA: Dating violence: outcomes following a brief motivational interviewing intervention among at-risk adolescents in an urban emergency department. Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine 20(6): 562-9, 2013. PMCID: PMC3728000
  • Bonar EE, Walton MA, Cunningham RM, Chermack ST, Bohnert AS, Barry KL, Booth BM, Blow FC: Computer-enhanced interventions for drug use and HIV risk in the emergency room: Preliminary results on psychological precursors of behavior change. Journal of substance abuse treatment 46(1): 5-14, 2014. PMCID: PMC3926194
  • Chermack ST, Murray R, Kraus S, Walton MA, Cunningham RM, Barry KL, Booth BM, Blow FC: Characteristics and treatment interests among individuals with substance use disorders and a history of past six-month violence: findings from an emergency department study. Addictive behaviors 39(1): 265-72, 2014. PM24148140
  • Epstein-Ngo QM, Walton MA, Chermack ST, Blow FC, Zimmerman MA, Cunningham RM: Event-level analysis of antecedents for youth violence: comparison of dating violence with non-dating violence. Addictive behaviors 39(1): 350-3, 2014. PM24182751
  • Epstein-Ngo QM, Walton MA, Sanborn M, Kraus S, Blow F, Cunningham R, Chermack ST: Distal and proximal factors associated with aggression towards partners and non-partners among patients in substance abuse treatment. Journal of substance abuse treatment: 2014. [PubMed - in process]
  • King CA, Eisenberg D, Zheng K, Czyz E, Kramer A, Horwitz A, Chermack ST: Online Suicide Risk Screening and Intervention with College Students: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology: (in press)

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