Scott T Walters, PhD

Scott Walters, PhD

Professor - Health Behavior & Health Sys
Health Behavior & Health Systems
Dr. Scott Walters’ research focuses on developing better ways of talking with people about change, especially individuals undergoing major transitions in their lives.

This work involves translating effective counseling strategies, such as motivational interviewing in non-traditional settings for health care and criminal justice, as well as modalities that include web, mobile and phone.

His current projects are testing ways to improve health navigation, cancer risk screening, vocational success for veterans with a criminal history, alcohol interventions for adolescents and young adults, and health advocacy for people at risk of interpersonal violence. He also serves as intervention designer, trainer and supervisor for other studies of brief motivational interventions for substance use and related behaviors.

Dr. Walters’ publications include 100 articles and book chapters, and five books, including Treating Substance Abuse: Theory and Technique.

In addition to research, Dr. Walters has conducted numerous training sessions for criminal justice workers, counselors and health care professionals. In the past 15 years, he has conducted more than 200 trainings for community and health providers.
Clinical Internship, Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Master of Arts, Psychology, San Diego State University

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Biola University, La Mirada, Calif.

Academic Commendation of Excellence (ACE) Award, UNTHSC, 2018

Outstanding Faculty in Teaching, UNTHSC Public Health Student Association, 2013

Faculty Research Excellence Award, UNTHSC School of Public Health, 2012

Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award, UT School of Public Health, 2008, 2011

University of Cincinnati Award in Corrections, American Probation & Parole Association, 2006