• 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.


Vishnupriya  Samarendra

Vishnupriya Samarendra, MD, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2016 with a medical degree. She currently works at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System as a research associate on studies investigating social cognition in veterans with serious mental illness. She is completing her residency training at New York Medical College Psychiatry Residency Program at Westchester Medical Center. Her clinical and research interests include substance use disorders, motivational interviewing and behavior change, child and adolescent psychiatry, and trauma.