McClain Sampson

Assistant Professor of Social Work

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

Current Curriculum Vitae

Personal Statement

Dr. Sampson's published research focuses on health promotion and includes topics such as racial/ethnic disparities of postpartum depression and anxiety, 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.

Dr. Sampson is also the Principal Investigator for the Department of Health and Human Service/HRSA funded GLOBE project. This project delivers training of bilingual social workers in advanced, clinical, behavioral health social work. 


PhD, Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin
MSSW, The University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Licenses and Certifications

Areas of Specialization

  • Motivational Interviewing in assessment and intervention
  • Problem Solving Tools for reduction of perinatal depression
  • Community based research
  • Mixed methods research

Courses Taught

  • 7325 Assessment in Social Work
  • 8323 Qualitative Research Methods (doctoral)

Research Interests

Perinatal mental health, obesity prevention, intervention in community based or health care settings, motivational interviewing.

Selected Publications

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