Dr. Timothy Apodaca's research focuses most broadly on the investigation of psychological treatment. He is particularly interested in testing brief forms of counseling to assist individuals in changing substance use behavior, and in seeking to identify active ingredients in psychotherapy. His research focuses on both adult and adolescent populations.
Dr. Apodaca is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, where his clinical and research activities focus on Motivational Interviewing (MI), a style of communication designed to elicit behavior change. He is principal investigator on a grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to investigate the mechanisms of action through which MI exerts its therapeutic effects. He completed his predoctoral internship as well as a postdoctoral fellowship in addictions studies at the Brown University School of Medicine. Dr. Apodaca has been involved in developing a variety of brief interventions to address alcohol use disorders in critical care settings such as emergency departments and trauma centers. Dr. Apodaca seeks to promote the dissemination of empirically supported treatments by providing clinical training in Motivational Interviewing in a variety of settings.
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