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Desiree A Crevecoeur

Department of Patient Care
Unicorn College


Desirée Crèvecoeur-MacPhail (pronounced Krev-uh-koor - Mak-fail), Ph.D. received her doctorate from Claremont Graduate University in Social Psychology and masters degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. She has been associated with UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) for over a decade. Throughout her work at UCLA-ISAP she has been responsible for the examining engagement and retention, and designed reports that have assisted the county in performance management. She is currently Principal Investigator of Los Angeles County Evaluation System: An Outcomes Reporting Program (LACES) at UCLA-ISAP. She is the author of several papers and book chapters on the treatment system in Los Angeles County, methamphetamine use, effects of withdrawal on the body, how addiction affects the brain, addiction medications, the rise in use of methamphetamine for a number of special populations including American Indians and Latinos, addiction treatment and health disparities, aspects of drug treatment effectiveness, drug treatment services, and program evaluation. Dr. Crèvecoeur-MacPhail has managed several projects on drug abuse treatment, most recently a pilot test of a performance management system for Los Angeles County.  She also works with federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to assess and improve treatment integration.  She has wide experience in health research, including quantitative methods and outcomes measurement. In addition to teaching, Dr. Crèvecoeur-MacPhail has taught at a number of colleges and universities including UCLA, Cal State University Dominguez Hills, and Claremont Graduate Univerity.  

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Addiction Psychiatry

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