Virginia Commonwealth University VCU Make it real. Virginia Commonwealth University
VCU Psychology Department

Can people have a "relationship" with the natural world?

Human behavior is at the root of the rapid pace of climate change. What leads people to perceive greater interdependence with the environment? How does their commitment to the environment predict pro-environmental behavior? read more...


What increases emergency visits in children with asthma?

How are family/culturally-based beliefs about asthma, caregiver quality of life, and emergency department use associated in pediatric asthma? read more...


Can we train students' brains to work more effectively?

Direct cognitive training in a school setting represents an important innovation for developing the underlying thinking skills needed for educational success. Can we make computers better "trainers"? read more...


Can you strengthen your character in six hours?

Religious and secular self-help experts have long helped people build character strengths. But can people achieve as much—or even more!—benefit by working through six-hour workbooks at home? read more...


Dr. Micah McCreary

Associate Professor (tenured)

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.

Recent Courses Taught at VCU
Recent Awards