• • Doctoral Training: University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
  • • Clinical Internship: VA Palo Alto Health Care System
  • • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Kaiser Permanente Department of Psychiatry, Santa Clara, CA
  • • Licensure: State of California (18966)

Clinical Experience

Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center, Los Gatos, CA

Duties: Conduct psychosocial assessment of patients which chronic pain for individual therapy or for entry into a functional restoration program. Provide individual and group therapy to patients with chronic pain who also experience a variety of depressive or anxiety disorders.

OneHealth Online Clinical Communities

Duties: Deliver web-based interactive online clinical presentations: PTSD, chronic pain, sleep, and depression/anxiety. OneHealth.com

VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Duties: Conducted assessments of patients with medical or psychological disorders. Provided individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and psycho-educational groups for the management of depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, pulmonary disease, and HIV. Implemented a treatment group for the management of trauma and chronic pain at the Women’s Trauma Recovery Program. Designed clinical interventions for the management of addiction and supervised treatment.

Department of Veteran Affairs, VA Central Office, Washington, D.C.

Duties: Coordinator of National Training in CBT for the Management of Chronic Pain. Conducted 3-day trainings for VA clinical providers across the United States. Created/edited all clinical materials for the training and served as Master Trainer. Primary author of treatment manual used in all VA facilities across the United States.

Stanford University School of Medicine

Duties: Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated) within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Teach class Addiction Psychiatry focusing on behavioral treatment interventions.

Kaiser Department of Psychiatry, Santa Clara

Duties: Conducted individual and group psychotherapy focusing on management of depression, anxiety, and addiction. Also treated distressed couples and created group focusing on the management of trichotillomania.

University of South Florida Psychology Clinic, Tampa, Florida

Duties: Individual therapy focusing on management of depression and anxiety. Also completed intensive training/practicum in Integrative Couples Therapy.

Moffitt Comprehensive Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida

Duties: Conducted psychological evaluations of patients as member of Bone Marrow Transplantation Team. Taught relaxation techniques to patients undergoing chemotherapy.

James A Haley VA Hospital, Tampa, Florida

Duties: Conducted intake and screening assessments of patients referred to Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program. Led groups and provided individual therapy.

Research Publications (Selected)

Timko, Bonn-Miller, Ilgen, McKellar (in press). Detoxification History and Two-Year Outcomes of Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Mutual-Help Group Participation.

McKellar, J., Austin, J., & Moos, R. (in press). Building the first step: a review of low-intensity interventions for stepped care. Addiction Science and Clinical Practice.

Timko, C., Cronkite, R., McKellar, J., Zemore, S., & Moos, R. (in press). Dually Diagnosed Patients’ Benefits of Mutual-Help Groups and the Role of Social Anxiety. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

McKellar, J., Wagner, T., Harris, A., Oehlert, M., Buckley, S., & Moos, R. (2012). One-year Outcomes of Telephone Case Monitoring for Patients with Substance Use Disorders. Addictive Behaviors, 37, 1069-1074.

Oser, M., Cucciare, M., McKellar, J., Weingardt, K. (2012) Hazardous Alcohol Use among Veterans with Hepatitis C: Alcohol-related Coping, Consequences, and Confidence to Change. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 35, 634-641.

Austin, J, McKellar, J, & Moos, R. (2011) The Influence of Co-Occurring Axis I Disorders on Treatment Utilization in Homeless Patients with Substance Use Disorders. Addictive Behaviors, 36, 941-944

Kamen, C., Cosgrove, V. E., McKellar, J., Cronkite, R. C., & Moos, R. (2011) Family support and depressive symptoms: A 23-year follow-up. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 67, 215-223.

Oser, M., McKellar, J., Moos, B., & Moos, R. (2010). Changes in Ambivalence Mediate the Relation between Entering Treatment and Change in Alcohol Use and Problems. Addictive Behaviors, 35, 367-369.

McKellar, J., Harris, A., & Moos, R. (2009). Patients’ Abstinence Status Affects the Benefits of 12-Step Self-Help Group Participation on Substance Use Disorder Outcomes. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 99, 115-122.

Ilgen MA, Hu K, Moos RH, McKellar J. (2008). Continuing care utilization and readmission to inpatient psychiatric treatment in patients with co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders. Psychiatric Services, 59 (9), 982-988.

Laffaye C, McKellar JD, Ilgen MA, Moos RH, (2008). Predictors of 4-year outcome of community residential treatment for patients with substance use disorders. Addiction. 2008 Apr;103(4):671-80.

McKellar, J., Piette, J., and Humphreys, K, (2004). Does Treatment Regimen Adherence Mediate the Relationship Between Depression and Diabetes Symptoms? Diabetes Educator, 30(3):485-92

Brown, K. and McKellar, J. (2003). Demand for Alcohol Treatment. Frontlines (June), 1-2.

Kelly, J., McKellar, J., and Moos, R. (2003). Comorbid Major Depression in Patients with Substance Use Disorders: Effects on 12-step Self-Help Involvement and Substance Use Outcomes. Addiction, 98, 499-508.

McKellar, J., Stewart, E., Humphreys, K. (2003). Alcoholics Anonymous Involvement and Positive Alcohol-Related Outcomes: Cause, Consequence, or Just a Correlate? A prospective 2-year study of 2319 alcohol dependent males. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 71(2), 302-308.

McKellar, J., Clark, M., and Shriner, J., (2003). The Cognitive Specificity of Associative Responses in Patients with Chronic Pain. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 42, 27-39.

McKellar, J., Ingram, R., and Malcarne, V. (1996). States-of-Mind and Negative Affectivity. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 20, 235-246.