Stanley McCracken in a tan suit jacket and gray cap with a cane in front of a black curtained backdrop

Stanley McCracken

969 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Areas of Expertise
Evidence-base Treatments
Mental Health
Spirituality and Religion
Substance Abuse

Stanley McCracken has published a number of articles and book chapters in such diverse areas as behavioral medicine, behavioral pharmacology, psychiatric rehabilitation, substance abuse, and evidence-based practice. He is co-author of two books, Practice guidelines for extended psychiatric care: From chaos to collaborationand Interactive staff training: Rehabilitation teams that work, which was translated and re-released in Japan. He has been on the editorial boards of the Research in Social Work Practice, American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Best Practices in Mental Health, and Journal of Muslim Mental Health. He also is co-author of the Council on Social Work Education Gero-Ed Advanced MSW curriculum in mental health and aging.

  • McCracken, Stanley G. 2012. "Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias." In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Social Work, Edward Mullen, ed. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • McCracken, Stanley G., Elisabeth Kinnel, Fred Steffen, Margaret Vimont, and Charlotte Mallon. 2012. "Implementing and sustaining evidence-based practice: Case example of leadership, organization, infrastructure, and consultation." In From Task-Centered Social Work to Evidence-Based and Integrative Practice: Reflections on History and Implementation, Tina L. Rzepnicki, Stanley G. McCracken, and Harold E. Briggs, eds. 111-35. Chicago: Lyceum Books.
  • Rzepnicki, Tina L., Stanley G. McCracken, and Harold E. Briggs, eds. 2012. From Task-Centered Social Work to Evidence-Based and Integrative Practice: Reflections on History and Implementation. Chicago: Lyceum Books.
  • Zacny, James P., Sandra Gutierrez, Karin Kirulus, and Stanley G. McCracken. 2011. "Psychopharmacological effects of oxycodone in volunteers with and without generalized anxiety disorder." Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology 19(2): 85-94.
  • McCracken, Stanley G., and Jonathon E. Larson. 2010. "Motivational interviewing for medication adherence." In Psychosocial Treatment for Schizophrenia, Allen Rubin, David W. Springer, and Kathi Trawver, eds. 283-339. New York: Wiley.
  • McCracken, Stanley G., and Tina L. Rzepnicki. 2010. "The role of theory in conducting evidence based clinical practice." In Reshaping Theory in Contemporary Social Work: Toward a Critical Pluralism in Clinical Practice, William Borden, ed. 210-33. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • McCracken, Stanley G., Lorna Elam Jackson, Julie Keck, and Karen Teigiser. 2009. Demonstration of Substance Abuse Intervention with Older Adults: DVD, Trainer’s Guide, Student Workbook. CSWE Gero-Ed Center. Available at
  • Gellis, Zvi D., and Stanley G. McCracken. 2008. "Advanced MSW curriculum in mental health and aging." CSWE Gero-Ed Center. Available at
  • Gellis, Zvi D., and Stanley G. McCracken. 2008. "Aging and mental health." Aging Times, 4. CSWE Gero-Ed Center.
  • McCracken, Stanley G., and Patrick W. Corrigan. 2008. "Motivational interviewing for medication adherence in individuals with schizophrenia." In Motivational Interviewing in the Treatment of Psychological Problems, Hal Arkowitz and William R. Miller, eds. 249-76. New York: Guilford.
  • McCracken, Stanley G., and Jeanne C. Marsh. 2008. "Practitioner expertise in evidence-based practice decision making." Research in Social Work Practice18(4): 301-10. 
  • Corrigan, Patrick W., and Stanley G. McCracken. 2005. "Interviewing people with seri­ous mental illness." In Clinical and diagnostic interviewing, 2nd edition, ed. Robert J. Craig, 278-302. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson. 
  • Corrigan, Patrick W., and Stanley G. McCracken. 2005. "Place first, then train: An alter­native to the medical model of psychiatric rehabilitation." Social Work50: 31-39. 
  • Corrigan, Patrick W., Stanley G. McCracken, and Catherine G. McNeilly. 2005. "Evi­dence based practices for individuals with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders." In The handbook of evidence-based practices in behavioral healthcare: Ap­plications and new directions, ed. Chris E. Stout and Randy A. Hayes, 153-176. New York: John Wiley & Sons. 
  • McCracken, Stanley G. 2005. Review of Evidence-based practice manual: Research and outcome measures in health and human services, ed. Albert R. Roberts and Kenneth R. Yeager. Social Service Review 79(2): 374-78. 
  • McCracken, Stanley G., and Patrick W. Corrigan. 2004. "Staff development in mental health." In Using evidence in social work practice: Behavioral perspectives, ed. Harold E. Briggs and Tina L. Rzepnicki, 232-256. Chicago: Lyceum. 
  • Corrigan, Patrick W., Stanley G. McCracken, and Barbara Blaser. 2003. "Dissemination of evidence-based mental health practices." Evidence Based Mental Health 6: 4-5.

Stanley McCracken is a Lecturer in the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. He is a licensed clinical social worker and a registered dual disorder professional. His practice and teaching interests lie in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, multicultural mental health, aging, spirituality in social work practice, and dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practice. Prior to 2007 when he came to the Crown Family School full-time, he had a joint appointment as Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago, Department of Psychiatry and later at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. In addition to seeing clients in the department of psychiatry, he also worked with patients in the departments of gastroenterology, cardiology, primary care, and the diabetes center.

McCracken has taught courses in adult psychopathology and mental health treatment, substance abuse, clinical research, evidence-based clinical practice, the field case seminar, and spirituality and social work practice. He is the former program director for the Evidence-Based Practice concentration and for the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Advanced Training Program (AODA-ATP).

When not at the Crown Family School, McCracken provides clinical and program consultation to a variety of public sector and non-profit service agencies. He has overseen staff training, program development, and curriculum development projects for a number of states, the Veterans Administration, the State Department, and was an expert witness for the Department of Justice. He has overseen development of staff training curricula in psychiatric rehabilitation, substance abuse, long-term care, and to train Iraqi primary care physicians and community mental health workers to provide services to survivors of torture. In Illinois he has contracted with and served on advisory groups for the Divisions of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Healthcare and Family Services, Rehabilitative Services, and the Department of Child and Family Services.

McCracken completed his masters and Ph.D. at the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice in 1978 and 1987, respectively. He received a BA in English with a minor in Asian Studies from Northwest Nazarene College in 1969. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969-1973 as a Vietnamese interpreter and later a legal clerk.