About Deborah Van Horn

I am a clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience as a Motivational Interviewing trainer, with a dual focus in addictions treatment and general health care settings. I have also presented in human service and mental health settings, and have worked with providers across a wide range of professional disciplines. In addition to Motivational Interviewing, my other training topics include Stages of Change, Principles of Habit Change, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for lifestyle change, Relapse Prevention, and Telephone Continuing Care.

The Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) has been my professional “home” since 1998, when I joined by attending a trainer’s-training led by MI founders William Miller and Stephen Rollnick. There I learned how to present MI workshops that are lively, interactive, and, most importantly, effective. As an active MINT member, I keep up with the most current developments in MI research, practice, and training so that I can bring you the most up-to-date information and methods for effective implementation.

I have over 20 years of experience doing research evaluating innovative applications of cognitive-behavior therapy and motivational interviewing in the treatment of substance use disorders. My work in the research world has focused on the “clinical” aspects of clinical research in the addictions: developing treatment manuals for NIH and VA funded studies, supervising study therapists, evaluating treatment fidelity, writing about treatment process in treatment outcome studies, and, of course, treating patients. I am now at Recovery Centers of America, where I am developing a system to monitor clinical outcomes across a growing chain of addiction treatment facilities.

I received my Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1993. Prior to joining RCA, I was at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychiatry for 18 years. There I collaborated on studies testing the effectiveness of telephone-based continuing care for patients with alcohol and cocaine dependence, and co-authored Telephone Continuing Care Therapy for Adults, published by Hazelden in 2010.

Full CV and training references are available by request. Email me or call me at (856) 905-5261 for more information.