• Women in the Behavioral Health Industry: Why Executive Leadership Needs a New, Female Face

    When universal education activist and Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai addressed the United Nations in 2013, she pointed out that “we cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” Her words resonated with women’s rights advocates as she boldly confronted an inequity that still needs to be addressed today, especially in the behavioral health field.


  • Continuing Care Plan Adherence Following Residential Addiction Treatment

    Common sense suggests that greater patient adherence to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment recommendations is associated with better outcomes. Surprisingly, however, there is limited previous research systematically investigating the adherence-outcome relationship in the context of SUD treatment.


Scott T. Walters

Corresponding author and professor of behavioral and community health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health and a standing member of the NIH/NIAAA Epidemiology, Prevention and Behavior Research Review Subcommittee. Dr. Walters is focused on developing better ways of talking with people about change. This has involved translating effective counseling strategies such as motivational interviewing to non-traditional settings (e.g., healthcare, criminal justice) and modalities (e.g., web, mobile, phone). Recent projects include developing and testing brief counseling interventions for at-risk drinkers in a trauma setting, phone-based interventions to motivate colon cancer screening, in-person versus computer interventions to increase probation compliance, and an online vocational training program for veterans with a felony history. Publications include 55 peer-reviewed journal articles and five books. In addition to research, Dr. Walters has conducted numerous trainings for criminal justice workers, counselors, and healthcare professionals, and served as a consultant on projects to develop Internet and mobile interventions for a variety of health behaviors.


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