Lynn Kunkel



Research Interests:

Substance abuse prevention and treatment
Health services research
Clinical Trials


Current Research

Director of protocol implementation, Western states node of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN).  The Western States Node is one of the 13 research centers testing emerging pharmacotherapies and behavioral therapies for the treatment of alcohol and drug use disorders in community treatment settings.



Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) Certification, 2007, Society of Clinical Research Associates

Masters of Science, 1995, Applied Psychology
Portland State University
Masters Thesis:  The Health Belief Model as a Predictor of Gynecological Exams. 
Bachelor of Arts, 1991, Psychology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Recent publications:

  • Fussell, H., Kunkel, L.E., McCarty. D., Lewy, C. (2011) Standardized Patient Walkthroughs in the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network: Common Challenges to Protocol Implementation. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 37: 434-439. PMID: 21854287
  • Fussell, H.E., Kunkel, L. E., Shannon-Lewy, C., McFarland, B.H. & McCarty, D. (2008) Using a standardized patient walkthrough to improve implementation of clinical trials. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 35(4):470-475. PMID: 18513918; NIHMSID: NIHMS146403
  • Carroll, K., Ball, S., Nich, C., Martino, S., Frankforter, T., Farentinos, C., Kunkel, L. et al. (2006). Motivational interviewing to improve treatment engagement and outcome in individuals seeking treatment for substance abuse: A multisite effectiveness study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2006; 81(3):301-12.