McClain Sampson

McClain Sampson

Assistant Professor
Room 403 Social Work Building
Phone: 713-743-6719

Dr. Sampson’s research interests focus on screening, assessing and intervening for health issues that affect pregnant and postpartum women such as depression, stress and obesity. She received her M.S.S.W. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. Her published research focuses on health promotion and includes topics such as racial/ethnic disparities of maternal stress, the use of Motivational Interviewing in substance abuse settings, and health care provider’s comfort with delivery of palliative care.

Dr. Sampson completed a postdoctoral research fellowship with Baylor College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. She worked on a CDC Funded project to reduce the risk of alcohol exposed pregnancy among low-income women in Harris County Hospital District community health centers. Effective interventions for health promotion continue to be a priority for Dr. Sampson as she develops her research agenda.

Selected Publications

Cardoso, J.B., Padilla, Y, Sampson, M. (2010). Racial and ethnic variation in predictors of maternal parenting stress. Social Service Research. 36(5), 429.

Sampson, M., Stephens, N.S. and Velasquez, M.M. (August, 2009). Motivational Interviewing. In The Clinician’s Guide to Evidence-Based Practice (Eds. Rubin, A., & Springer, D.). John Wiley and Sons.

Jones, B., Pomeroy, E. & Sampson, M. (2009). University community partnerships and community based participatory research: One community’s approach to enhance capacity in end-of-life and bereavement practice, research, and education. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, 5(1) 94-104

Jones, B., Sampson, M., Greathouse, J., Legett, S., Higgerson, R. and Christie, L. (2007). Comfort and confidence levels of health care professionals providing pediatric palliative care in the intensive care unit. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, 3(3), 39-58.

Parrish, D.E., von Sternberg, V., Cochran, J., Sampson, M., Velasquez, M.M. & Mullen, P.D. (in review). Characteristics and Factors Associated with the Risk of a Nicotine Exposed Pregnancy.