University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Aug. 15 lecture to focus on ‘Brief Motivational Conversations with College Students to Improve Health and Academic Success’

Paul Grossberg will present "Brief Motivational Conversations with College Students on Campus to Improve Health and Academic Success” from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

This multimedia, interactive presentation will highlight the common conversational conundrums facing all UND professionals who regularly deal with risk-taking college students with negative outcomes ― academic, social, and health-related. With the goal of supporting students’ academic success and mental and physical health, Grossberg will summarize the evidence of MI effectiveness and describe specific, practical ways to help students reduce risky behaviors. For clinicians and counselors, he will demonstrate effective ways to motivate the resistant student in the everyday, brief clinical office visit. He will apply the same concepts for faculty, student affairs, and health and wellness professionals in their everyday work. He will also briefly summarize adolescent and young adult brain development research that helps explain college students’ risky behaviors and provides compelling evidence for all of us to improve our skills at intervening effectively.

Grossberg, clinical professor emeritus in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, completed his MD at Upstate Medical University (Syracuse) and pediatrics residency at UW. He focused his 35-year career in college health, as Director of Student Health Services (UW-Platteville) and at University Health Services (Madison) as Associate Director for Clinical Services, Interim Training Director, and staff physician.

He has been co-investigator on $5 million of grants, including NIAAA-funded studies on High-Risk Drinking in College Students and Virtual Reality Skills Training for Brief Interventions. He is a consultant, teacher and trainer of clinicians, faculty, and staff in brief alcohol and other behavioral interventions at universities and community health centers nationwide. His recent publication, “Inside the Physician’s Black Bag: Critical Ingredients of Brief Alcohol Interventions” in Substance Abuse, provides practical advice for clinicians on the challenges of helping patients change behavior.

His presentation is sponsored by Student Health Services, University Counseling Center, Health & Wellness, and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

-- Jane Croeker, Health & Wellness, 777.2097,

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