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College of Nursing
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495
Sterling McPherson is currently an Assistant Research Professor at Washington State University College of Nursing. He serves as a biostatistician for the Program of Excellence in the Addictions (PEA) and the Program of Excellence in Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment (RMHSAT), both programs directed by Dr. John Roll, PI. Sterling joined the faculty in 2011. His doctoral training specialized in quantitative analytic methods applied to health data. He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse in 2010. He also holds adjunct appointments in the Department of Health Policy and Administration, the Department of Psychology, and is part of the Translation Addictions Research Center (TARC; co-directed by Drs. Roll and Sorg). He is also a Co-Investigator for the Pacific Northwest Node of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN; Co-PIs, Donovan and Roll). In addition, Sterling is currently the PI on two biostatistical grants that are investigating 1) innovative application of modern missing data methodologies (i.e., selection and pattern-mixture modeling) and 2) longitudinal methods of analysis to substance abuse clinical trial data. He has also done work focused on human behavioral pharmacology, and in the areas of novel behavioral and pharmacological treatments for substance use disorders. He collaborates with Dr. Katherine Tuttle at the Providence Medical Research Center (Spokane, WA) on research related to serious mental illness and substance abuse among patients with chronic kidney disease. His work has been funded by NIH, NSF, CDC, Center for Advancing Longitudinal Drug Abuse Research, Department of Justice, Life Sciences Discovery Fund, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program, and the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation.
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, Washington State University, Spokane, WA
- PhD in Experimental Psychology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
- MS in Experimental Psychology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
- BA in Psychology and Sociology, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA
Biostatistical analysis of health data, latent variable modeling, missing data, longitudinal analysis methods, psychopharmacology and substance abuse, behavioral and pharmacotherapy substance use disorder clinical trials
- Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse, 2012-present
- Addictions, 2012 - present
- Design and Analysis Special Interest Group, National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network, 2012-present
- American Society of Nephrology, 2011-present
- Evaluation, Measurement, Statistics, 2010-present
HONORS AND AWARDS
- Associated Students of Washington State University Spokane, Student’s Choice Award for Faculty Excellence, 2012
- Early Career Travel Award, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the American Psychological Association (APA) Divisions 28 (Psychopharmacology and Drug Abuse) and 50 (Addictions), 2012
- Graduate Student Excellence Award, awarded by the Department of Psychology at Washington State University
Packer, R., Howell, D. N., McPherson, S., & Roll, J. M. (in press). Investigating reinforcer magnitude and reinforce delay: A contingency management analog study. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology.
Roll, J., Newton, T., Chudzynski, J., Cameron, J., McPherson, S., Fong, T., & Torrington, M. (in press). Preference for gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) in current users. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.
McPherson, S., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Burns, G. L., Howell, D., & Roll, J. (in press). Missing data in substance abuse research: Current methods and new approaches. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology.
Pula, K., & McPherson, S., Parks, C. D. (2012). Invariance of a two-factor model of social dominance orientation across gender. Personality and Individual Differences, 52, 385-389.
McPherson, S., & Parks, C. (2011). Interindividual and intergroup resource competition escalating into conflict: The elimination option. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 15, 285-296.
McDonell, M. G., Howell, D., McPherson, S., Srebnik, D., Cameron, J., Roll, J. M., & Reis, R. (in press). Voucher-based reinforcement for alcohol abstinence using the ethyl-glucuronide biomarker. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
McPherson, S., & Barbosa-Leiker, C. (under review). An example of a two-part latent growth curve model for semicontinuous outcomes in the health sciences.
McPherson, S., & Barbosa-Leiker, C. (under review). Biomarker classification derived from finite growth mixture modeling with a time-varying covariate: An example using serum phosphorus and estimated glomerular filtration rate.
McPherson, S., Barbosa-Leiker, C., Mamey, M.R., Howell. D., McDonell, M., & Roll, J. (2012).Wu-Carroll and Pattern-Mixture ‘Missing Not at Random’ Models in Randomized Clinical Trials. Symposium to be presented at the American Psychology Association, Orland, FL. August, 2012.
Barbosa-Leiker, C., McPherson, S., Mamey, M.R., McDonell, M., Howell. D., & Roll, J. (2012). A ‘Missing Not at Random’ Diggle-Kenward Model of Opioid Abstinence Among Patients on Buprenorphine. Symposium to be presented at the American Psychology Association, Orland, FL. August, 2012.