• 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.


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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