McClain Sampson: Graduate College of Social Work - University of Houston
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McClain Sampson


Associate Professor

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

Current Curriculum Vitae

Personal Statement

Dr. Sampson's published research focuses on factors that influence maternal mental and physical health. She has published articles on her postpartum depression home visiting intervention, racial/ethnic disparities of postpartum depression, and the use of Motivational Interviewing in health care. She completed her postdoctoral research fellowship with Baylor College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. At that time, she worked on a CDC Funded project to reduce the risk of alcohol-exposed pregnancy among low-income women in Harris Health integrated healthcare centers. Effective interventions for maternal behavioral health continue to be a priority for Dr. Sampson as she develops her research agenda.

Dr. Sampson is active in several community-engaged research projects. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator for the Department of Health and Human Service/HRSA funded programs: GLOBE and UH Healthy Start. GLOBE aims to increase the number of clinical behavioral health social workers.  The Healthy Start program aims to decrease maternal and infant mortality in Houston’s hardest-hit communities where African-American mothers and infants die at disproportionately higher rates than others.


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

Courses Taught

  • 7378 Behavioral Health in Integrated Healthcare Settings.