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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Sylvie Naar-King, PhD


I am trained as a pediatric health psychologist and have conducted health disparities research with minority youth for the past 12 years.  I have had several federally funded projects developing and evaluating interventions to improve health behaviors in adolescents. I have both clinical and research expertise in behavioral interventions for youth living with HIV focusing on adherence to medications, adherence to appointments, substance use and sexual risk. I have had several federally funded projects utilizing Motivational Interviewing to improve health behaviors in adolescents both in randomized clinical trials and in implementation evaluation contexts.  I have had experience in multi-site evaluation studies of complex, multi-level interventions for Health Resource and Service Administration’s Special Projects of National Significance and NIH clinical trials.  I have worked with the Adolescent Trials Network for many years.  I have been PI on two multi-site trials within the Adolescent Trials Network for HIV/AIDS, and I am on the Behavioral Leadership group for this network. Our Healthy Choices trial (ATN 004) yielded more manuscripts than any ATN trial to-date, and our pilot trial of the proposed intervention (ATN 072) was the first ATN protocol to recruit significantly ahead of timeline. Finally, I am a national and international expert on Motivational Interviewing, with particular emphasis on adolescents and young adults.  I have worked closely with the developers of MI (Miller and Rollnick) to author the first textbook focusing on this population for Guilford Press’ Motivational Interviewing series.  I am also a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and have provided numerous MI trainings to agencies and treatment organizations locally, nationally and internationally.  Both my training and my research have utilized practitioners from multiple disciplines including community health workers to deliver MI.  I am a member of the State of Michigan’s Community Health Worker Alliance. Most recently, I have been funded to provide and evaluate MI training for outreach workers in a HRSA/CDC/NIH collaborative to improve youth linkage to HIV care. 

       At the completion of this session, the participant will be able to:

1.  Discuss health disparities in obesity.
2.  Describe steps in rigorous behavioral intervention development.
3.  Identify several components of interventions for adolescent obesity.


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