Sandra Y. Nay McCourt

Visiting Research Fellow

Sandra Nay McCourt recenbtly defended her dissertation and will receive her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in May 2014. Her mentor is Ken Dodge. McCourt's research interests include the development of aggression and psychopathy as well as prevention and intervention programs and policies for family violence and child maltreatment.

McCourt's clinical work focuses on the assessment of cognitive abilities and learning difficulties in children and adolescents and evidence-based treatments for childhood psychiatric disorders. Prior to coming to Duke, she earned her law degree from the University of Michigan and practiced law in New York City.


  • PhD in Clinical Psychology (in progress), Duke University
  • Master of Arts in Psychology Duke University - 2009
  • Certificate in Education Policy Research Duke University - 2009
  • Certificate in Psychology, Columbia University - 2005
  • Juris Doctor, University of Michigan Law School - 1996
  • Bachelor of Arts in Classical Greek & Political Science, DePauw University - 1994

Recent Publications (More Publications)

  • Dodge, K. A., & McCourt, S. N. (2010) Translating models of antisocial behavioral development into efficacious intervention policy to prevent adolescent violence Developmental Psychobiology, 52, 277-285,
  • Gassman-Pines, A., Yoshikawa, H., & Nay, S. (2006) Can money buy you love? Dynamic employment characteristics, the New Hope project, and entry into marriage
  • Yang, C., Nay, S., & Hoyle, R. (2010) Three approaches to using lengthy ordinal scales in structural equation models: Parceling, latent scoring, and shortening scales Applied Psychological Measurement, 34, 122-142,
  • Roy, A., Yoshikawa, H., & Nay, S. (2006) Discrimination in the low-wage workplace: The unspoken barrier to employment
  • Fite, J. E., Bates, J. E., Holtzworth-Munroe, A., Dodge, K. A., Nay, S. Y., & Pettit, G. S. (2008) Social information processing mediates the intergenerational transmission of aggressiveness in romantic relationships Journal of Family Psychology, 22, 367-376,