Professor and Saul B. Sells Chair of Psychology
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology
University of Miami, 1982
Pat Flynn joined the IBR on July 1, 2000, and was appointed Director on April 1, 2009. He is a tenured Professor of Psychology and holds the Saul B. Sells Chair of Psychology. His scientific work, reported in over a hundred publications, centers on treatment effectiveness and benefits for adolescents and adults. The broad scope of Dr. Flynn’s work with community-based programs includes clinical assessment, questionnaire development, multisite clinical trials, and intervention dissemination and implementation across the U.S., United Kingdom, and Italy. Additionally, his work addresses organizational functioning and costs in outpatient treatments as well as treatment services and outcomes research with correctional populations. Dr. Flynn is a Fellow in several divisions of the American Psychological Association and a fellow in the American Educational Research Association. He also serves on several federal grant review panels and journal editorial boards and has served as chairperson of an NIH/CSR health services research study section. Dr. Flynn has served on the NIH/NIDA Health Services Research Initial Review Group from 2004 through 2007. More recently, he served as the Chairperson of the NIH/CSR Behavioral and Social Science Approaches to Preventing HIV/AIDS Study Section (BSPH). Since returning to the research environment full-time in 1990, Dr. Flynn has been the PI, Project Director, and Co-Director of several national grant-funded research projects. He served as Co-PI and key investigator for a number of other treatment studies including being the PI on a major five-year NIDA project that adapted, adopted, and implemented an intervention for adolescents called T.R.I.P.(Treatment Readiness and Induction Program). Recently, Dr. Flynn worked as one of the Multiple PIs on a randomized clinical trial of an augmented test, treat, link, and retain model for HIV-positive North Carolina and Texas prisoners prior to their release back into the community. Previously, he served in several capacities within a therapeutic community working with methadone and outpatient drug-free treatment programs. Within higher education, he has filled multiple upper-level administrative positions and, as of June 2019, began his 12-month sabbatical to focus on research and writing.
Positions and Honors
|2011----:||Saul B. Sells Chair of Psychology, TCU|
|2009----:||Director, Institute of Behavioral Research (IBR), TCU|
|2006----:||Professor of Psychology (tenured), College of Science and Engineering, TCU|
|2003-09:||Deputy Director & Associate Director for Health Services Research, IBR, TCU|
|2000----:||Senior Research Scientist, Institute of Behavioral Research (IBR), Texas Christian University (TCU)|
|1996-00:||Senior Research Psychologist, National Development and Research Institutes, Raleigh, NC|
|1990-96:||Research to Senior Research Psychologist, Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, NC|
|1987-90:||Vice President for Academic Affairs, D'Youville College, Buffalo, NY|
|1983-86:||Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and Director of Planning and Research, University of Arkansas at Monticello, Monticello, AR|
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Research Exemplar (recognized for leading a scientific lab by the Professionalism and Integrity Research Program at Washington University School of Medicine’s Research Exemplar Project funded in part by NIH) http://integrityprogram.org/exemplar-project/stem-exemplars/
Member, International Committee of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (2016-2019)
Reviewer, NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator and Routes to Recovery Infographic (2016)
Member, Leadership Committee for Community Needs Assessment, Challenge of Tarrant County, Texas 2015
Expert Advisor to the U.S. DHHS/SAMHSA Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality panel on Financing and Cost of Behavioral Health Services, April 2015.
Expert Advisor to the U.S. DHHS/SAMHSA Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality panel on Organization and Structure of Behavioral Health Services, March 2015.
Chairperson, NIH Behavioral and Social Science Approaches to Preventing HIV/AIDS Study Section (BSPH), 2014-2016
Member, NIH Behavioral and Social Science Approaches to Preventing HIV/AIDS Study Section (BSPH), 2012-2016
Advisory Council Member, National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP), Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan, 2012
Co-Chair, PhenX Substance Abuse and Addiction (SAA) – Working Group 3, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 2011-2012
Expert Advisor/Consultant, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality for review of the Drug and Alcohol Services Information System, November 2011
Chairperson, National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse Special Emphasis Panel (ZDA1 GXM-A(04)), Medical Marijuana Policy Research, June 2011
Reviewer, NIH Health Services Organization and Delivery Study Section, February 2011
Reviewer, NIH Behavioral and Social Science Approaches to Preventing HIV/AIDS Study Section, July & November 2009, July 2016 and 2017
Fellow in the American Educational Research Association, 2008
Ad Hoc Expert for NIAAA’s Extramural Advisory Board on the topic of Alcohol Health Services Research: Review and Priorities, September 2007
Member, NIDA-F Study Section for Review of Health Services Research, 2004-2007
Chairperson, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Special Emphasis Panel (ZDA1-SEP) for Review of Applications in Conflict-of-Interest with the NIDA-F and NIDA-E standing committees, October 2005 & March 2006
Chairperson, National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse Special Emphasis Panel (ZDA MXH-H(14), Hurricane Katrina Time Sensitive Review, December 2005
Fellow in the American Psychological Association (APA, Division 50, 1999; Division 18), 2005
Chairperson, NIH Study Section for Review of Health Services Research, 2001-2002
Adjunct Professor, Health Policy & Administration, School of Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1999-2007
Selected Advisory and Service Activities
Invited Participant, American Psychological Association, Science Leadership Conference for Advocating Increased Federal Funding for Research in Substance Use and Related Behaviors, October 2011
Editorial Board, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 2010-present
Program Committee, College on Problems of Drug Dependence, 2009-2012
Editorial Board, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 2008-present
Advisory Group Member for the Gulf Coast Addiction Technology Center, University of Texas at Austin, 2007-present
Credentials Committee, College on Problems of Drug Dependence, 2003-2009
Flynn, P. M. (2018, Spring). Advancing the academic enterprise through research: The teaching/research/learning nexus. TCU Endeavors: Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity, 3.
Flynn, P. M. (2017). Pharmacotherapies as standalone treatments for addictions: Why lessening won’t work [Invited Commentary to – Psychosocial interventions in opiate substitution treatment services: Does the evidence provide a case for optimism or nihilism?] Addiction, 112(8), 1337-1338.
Flynn, P. M., & Brown, B. S. (2016). Matching treatment to rhetoric – A challenge to policy and programming. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 64, 1-2.
Knight, D. K., Joe, G. W., Crawley, R. D., Becan, J. E., Dansereau, D. F., & Flynn, P. M. (2016). The effectiveness of the Treatment Readiness and Induction Program (TRIP) for improving during-treatment outcomes. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 62, 20-27. PMCID: PMC4304896
Brown, B. S., & Flynn, P. M. (2015). In support of a national treatment evaluation study [Invited editorial]. Substance Use & Misuse, 50, 1051-1054. [PubMed – in process]
Flynn, P. M., & Brown, B. S. (2015). Misrepresenting the accomplishments of treatment [Invited editorial]. Substance Use & Misuse, 50, 978-980. [PubMed – in process]
Becan, J. E., Knight, D. K., Crawley, R. D., Joe, G. W., & Flynn, P. M. (2015). Effectiveness of the Treatment Readiness and Induction Program for increasing adolescent motivation for change. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 50, 38-49. PMCID: PMC4304896 abstract
Joe, G. W., Knight, D. K., Becan, J. E., & Flynn, P. M. (2014). Recovery among adolescents: Models for post-treatment gains in drug abuse treatments. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 46, 362-373. PMCID: PMC3947115 abstract
Flynn, P. M., & Brown, B. S. (2013). Dissemination of evidence-based treatment into practice. In P. M. Miller (Ed.), Interventions for addiction: Comprehensive addictive behaviors and disorders (pp. 665-674). San Diego: Elsevier, Academic Press.
Flynn, P. M., Knight, D. K., Godley, M. D., & Knudsen, H. K. (2012). Introduction to the special issue on organizational dynamics within substance abuse treatment: A complex human activity system. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 42(2), 109-115. [Abstract]
Flynn, P. M., & Brown, B. S. (2011). Implementation research: Issues and prospects. Addictive Behaviors, 36(6), 566-569. PMCID: PMC3073769 [Abstract]
Best, D., Day, E., Campbell, A., Flynn, P. M., & Simpson, D. D. (2009). Relationship between drug treatment engagement and criminal thinking style among drug-using offenders. European Addiction Research, 15(2), 71-77. [Abstract]
Flynn, P. M., Broome, K. M., Beaston-Blaakman, A., Knight, D. K., Horgan, C. M., & Shepard, D. S. (2009). Treatment Cost Analysis Tool (TCAT) for estimating costs of
outpatient treatment services. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 100, 47-53. PMCID: PMC2647776 [Abstract]
Flynn, P. M., & Simpson, D. D. (2009). Adoption and implementation of evidence-based treatment. In P. M. Miller (Ed.), Evidence-based addiction treatment (pp. 419-437). San Diego, CA: Elsevier.
Flynn, P. M., & Brown, B. S. (2008). Co-occurring disorders in substance abuse treatment: Issues and prospects. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 34(1), 36-47. PMCID: PMC2200799 [Abstract]
Simpson, D. D., & Flynn, P. M. (2007). Moving innovations into treatment: A stage-based approach to program change. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 33(2), 111-120. PMCID: PMC1995028 [Abstract]
Rampazzo, L., De Angeli, M., Serpelloni, G., Simpson, D. D., & Flynn, P. M. (2006). The Italian Survey of Organizational Functioning and Readiness for Change: A cross-cultural transfer of treatment assessment strategies. European Addiction Research, 12, 176-181. [Abstract]
Flynn, P. M. (2005). Issues in the assessment of personality disorders and substance abusers with the MCMI. In R. J. Craig (Ed.), New directions in interpreting the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory III (pp. 129-143). New York: John Wiley & Sons.