VCU Psychology Department

Do physicians’ racial biases affect clinical decision making?

Research has demonstrated that automatic, and sometimes unconscious, racial bias can affect how we make decisions about others. But can it influence something as important as a medical decision? read more...


What affects parenting in high-risk communities?

We know that living in high-risk communities is stressful for parents and youth. How does stress, including exposure to violence, affect parents’ management of their adolescents? read more...


How can we predict future rates of tobacco use?

Longitudinal population-based surveys of tobacco use can depict current prevalence levels as well as transitions over time, but how can they be used to forecast those in the future? read more...


Can coping skills help the bereaved bend but not break?

How do college students cope when a loved one dies? Bereavement is difficult at any time in life, but is coping with bereavement different for college undergraduates? read more...

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Why are VCU researchers dumpster diving?

If school cafeterias force children to take fruits and vegetables on their lunch trays, will students eat them? Will they like them more over time when fruits and vegetables are served regularly? read more...


Dr. Micah McCreary

Associate Professor

Counseling Psychology Program


PhD (1993), Virginia Commonwealth University

Contact Information

Phone: 804-828-1889



Research and Clinical Interests

Dr. McCreary has pursued research on family, spiritual, and cultural issues. He is a family therapist, and he has developed interventions to promote effective parenting within a spiritual and cultural context. His IMPPACT (I Must Pause Pray Analyze Chill and Take Action) programs are the focus of most of his current research. Dr. McCreary continues to see clients and exerts leadership in religious community. Dr. McCreary also has an interest in academic administration, having previously served VCU as Assistant Vice Provost for Diversity and Coordinator of the Quality Enhancement Plan. He is also a 2006-2007 American Council on Education Fellow, completing his fellowship with Dr. Patricia Cormier, President of Longwood University.

Selected Publications

McCreary, M. L., Cunningham, J. N., Ingram, K. M., & Fife, J. (2006). The effects of racial socialization and identity on coping among African American families. In P. Wong & C. Scott, Stress and coping: A multicultural perspective (pp.). Netherlands: Kluwer.

McCreary, M. L., & Walker, T. D. (2001). Teaching multicultural counseling prepracticum. Teaching of Psychology, 28(3), 195-198.

McCreary, M. L., Maffuid, J., & Stepter, T. A. (1998). Bridges to effective treatment: family therapy and family psychoeducational interventions with maltreating and substance abusing families. In R. L.

Hampton, V. Senstore, & T. P. Gullotta (Series Eds.), Substance abuse, family violence and child welfare: Bridging perspectives: Vol. 10. Issues in children's and families' lives (pp. 220-248). Thousand Oaks: Sage.

McCreary, M. L. (1998). The importance of non-abusive physical punishment: A response to Lowe (1998) and Larzelere (1998). Marriage and Family: A Christian Journal, 1, 205-207.

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