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Tricia McGovern

Clinical Assistant Professor

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Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building

325 Pittsboro Street

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

O: 919-360-0413

Tricia McGovern (Ph.D. and LCSW) is a clinical assistant professor at UNC’s School of Social Work and principal investigator of the UNC Satir program. Her research and clinical expertise center on substance use, substance use-related health disparities and interventions, focusing on developing anti-racist and LGBTQAI+ affirming interventions for individuals, partners, and families. Currently, Tricia is working with nationally and internationally recognized anti-racism and Satir Model experts to develop a Satir-based anti-racist and anti-oppressive intervention.

Degrees and Licenses

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MSW, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



Research and Professional Interests

The etiology of substance use and substance use-related health disparities are central to my research interests, with a particular focus on how discrimination and racism influence individuals’ physical and behavioral health outcomes. Further, my research aims to develop anti-racist and anti-oppressive interventions for individuals, partner systems, family systems, and communities in crisis.
Clinical Approaches of Practice: I practice from anti-racist and anti-oppressive frameworks, Interpersonal Therapy, The Satir Growth Model, Liberation Psychology, Substance Use Treatment, CBT, Common Factors Model, Exposure Therapy for PTSD, Emotion Focused Therapy, DBT, MI, and A Tradition that Knows No Name (Homespaces)
Substance Use and Substance Use-related Health Disparities
The Impact of Discrimination and Racism on Physical and Behavioral Health Outcomes
Process Addictions
Complex Trauma and Grief

Principal Investigator

UNC Satir


SOWO 540

Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups

SOWO 760

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs: Clinical Practice

SOWO 742

Satir Growth Model

SOWO 769

Use of Self

SOWO 750


SOWO 758

Differential Diagnosis