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Dr. Marilyn Stern Describes RCT Study on Motivational Interviewing at the Society of Behavioral Medicine Conference

Dr. Marilyn Stern, with colleagues from Virginia Commonwealth, Boston University, and the University of Virginia, presented results of the MI Values Study, a randomized controlled trial of a motivational interviewing intervention in pediatric obesity.  MI Values was developed to implement within an existing multidisciplinary treatment program for obese, ethnically diverse adolescents - the T.E.E.N.S. Program (Teaching, Encouragement, Exercise, Nutrition, Support). They suggest that MI might represent a brief clinical intervention to help adolescents change the behaviors that contribute to pediatric obesity in a non-confrontational, collaborative way.

For more about Dr. Stern's research, see her Departmental home page  or contact her at mstern1@usf.edu

For more about the TEENS Program, see the website at https://pediatrics.vcu.edu/pediatric_specialties/endocrine/teensprgm.html