• Strengths Planning for Building Recovery Capital

    For decades, addiction professionals have been providing screening and assessment instruments that evaluate problem severity, complexity, and chronicity, but offer little data on the internal and external resources individuals and families can mobilize in resolving such problems (White & Cloud, 2008).


  • Social Determinants of Health and Behavioral Health Challenges

    The behavioral health field is engaged in a movement to expand the conventional medical treatment model of care that emphasizes diagnosis and subsequent treatment to the more comprehensive and inclusive model of population health. Improving “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group” (Kindig & Stoddard, 2003) is the critical focus of the population health model.


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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