• Substance Use Treatment in Jails: Current Issues and Recommendations 

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that in 2014, 21.5 million people in the United States age twelve and older had at least one substance use disorder (SUD), as cited in Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ; 2015).


  • Opiate Use: The Tip of the Iceberg for Adults in Jail

    Law enforcement officials and public health professionals are currently concentrating their efforts on reducing opiate use, and for good reason, but they may be overlooking even more prevalent substance use disorders (SUDs).


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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