Renowned addiction researcher speaks at UT Health Science Center

“Rethinking Substance Abuse Treatment: What Works and Why,” a lecture by clinical psychologist William Miller, Ph.D., founder of motivational interviewing, a counseling style developed to help strengthen motivation for change.

First described by Dr. Miller in a 1983 article, motivational interviewing was initially used to treat alcohol and drug addiction and has since expanded to many other conditions where behavior change is a factor.

The lecture was organized by the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. It is free and open to mental health professionals and the public at large.

3 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Pestana Lecture Hall, UT Health Science Center, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio.

Dr. Miller is an emeritus distinguished professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of New Mexico, where he joined the faculty in 1976. Fundamentally interested in the psychology of change, he has focused in particular on developing behavioral treatments for addictions.

After introducing the motivational interviewing technique in 1983, Dr. Miller, along with Stephen Rollnick, Ph.D., authored the seminal text “Motivational Interviewing,” now published in 14 languages.

“People seem to have an impressive capacity to change themselves if you believe in them, if you tell them they can and give them some help in doing so,” Dr. Miller has said.

Dr. Miller also has published over 400 professional articles and chapters, and the Institute for Scientific Information lists him as one of the world’s most cited scientists.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, one of the country’s leading health sciences universities, ranks in the top 3 percent of all institutions worldwide receiving National Institutes of Health funding. The university’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced approximately 28,000 graduates. The $736 million operating budget supports eight campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. For more information on the many ways “We make lives better®,” visit

Share This Article!