UNT Health Science Center
Scott T Walters, PhD

Scott Walters, PhD

Chairman And 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 experience ranges from brief interventions for underage drinking to adults in the criminal justice system to heavy drinkers in hospital settings to cancer-screening interventions.

Dr. Walters’ publications include 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and five books, the most recent being Treating Substance Abuse: Theory and Technique (third edition).

He is the primary investigator on a project comparing in-person versus web-based interventions for increasing probation compliance. Dr. Walters also has the lead role on another project to develop a brief motivational intervention to improve the quality of life among people transitioning out of homelessness.

He is a standing member of the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Epidemiology, Prevention and Behavior Research Review Subcommittee.
In addition to his research, Dr. Walters conducts numerous training sessions for criminal justice workers, counselors and health care professionals. He also has served as a consultant on projects to develop Internet and mobile interventions for a variety of health behaviors.

Academic: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.

Honors:2013 – Outstanding Faculty in Teaching, UNT Public Health Student Association

2012 – Faculty Research Excellence Award, UNT School of Public Health

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

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

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