• The Scarlet Sisterhood: Treating Partners of Sex Addicts

    Addiction is a disease, end of discussion . . . right? As practitioners within the field of behavioral health and wellness, we have all heard the message, loud and clear. Many of us subscribe to the concept without question, confident in our convictions that addicts are sick people, not bad people. Some of us have built our careers upon this assertion, while others espouse it personally, within our own lives and family relationships.


  • Evaluating a Competency-Based Supervision Approach for Motivational Interviewing

    Motivational interviewing (MI) is a well-known, evidence-based, brief counseling approach for substance use disorders (SUDs) that combines person-centered principles with strategies for enhancing motivation for change (Miller & Rollnick, 2012). Counselors using MI help their clients talk themselves into change by exploring and developing their motivations for change and lessening and resolving their arguments against it.


Bettina B. Hoeppner

A health psychologist with expertise in fine-grained longitudinal methodology, which Dr. Hoeppner uses to explicate the mechanisms underlying behavioral change. During hergraduate training (Univ. of RI, MA in psychology in 2003, MS in statistics in 2005, PhD in psychology in 2007), she collaborated on numerous health behavior change projects, which used computer-delivered expert systems based on the Transtheoretical Model to provide participants with tailored intervention materials.

A postdoctoral fellowship at the Center of Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University (2007—2010) that focused on addictive behaviors, particularly alcohol and tobacco use in adolescents and young adults. In May 2010, Dr. Hoeppner joined the Center for Addiction Medicine (CAM) at the Massachusetts General Hospital as an Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, where she isconducting her K01 research, and serving as Director of Biostatistics at the CAM. Her K01 research project uses Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) to delineate the temporal ordering of changes in smoking outcome expectancies relative to smoking cessation by collecting fine-grained, real-time data on college student smokers undergoing smoking cessation treatment.

Dr. Hoeppner's 5-year K01 training and research plan builds upon her existing strengths of advanced statistical training and experience with theory-driven health behavior interventions to enable her to take full advantage of modern technology to delineate the causal mechanisms underlying the process of smoking cessation.


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