Theresa B. Moyers


BAC Program Advisor

Photo: Theresa Moyers
Logan Hall, 156
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of New Mexico
Curriculum vitae

Research Area/s:

Clinical Psychology

Research Interests:

  • Mechanisms of action in behavioral treatments for substance use
  • Therapist interpersonal skills
  • Optimal methods for training and disseminating behavioral treatments


Accepting students?  Dr. Moyers is not accepting students for Fall 2025.

I was trained at the University of New Mexico and received my Ph.D. in 1991.  I served as a psychologist at the VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, N.M. for 10 years before transitioning into a full time research and academic career.

Selected Publications

Forman, D. P., Moyers, T. B., & Houck, J. M. (2022). What can clients tell us about whether to use motivational interviewing? An analysis of early-session ambivalent language. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 132. 

Forman, D.P. & Moyers, T. B.  (2021). Should therapists choose a direction for their clients? Motivational interviewing trainers are ambivalent.  Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 39(4), 446-454

Villarosa-Hurlocker, M. C., & Moyers, T. B. (2021). Can a pure motivational interviewing intervention be manualized and still efficacious? A test of feasibility and initial efficacy.  Psychotherapy, 58(2), 196-205. 

Frey, A., Lee, J., Small, J., Sibley, M. , Owens, J., Skidmore, B.D., Johnson, L., Bradshaw, C.P. & Moyers, T. B. (2021).  Mechanisms of Motivational Interviewing: A Conceptual Framework to Guide Practice and Research.  Prevention Science, 22, 689 - 700. 

Hodorowicz, M.T., Barth, R., Moyers, T. B. & Strieder, F. (2020).  A randomized controlled trial of two methods to improve motivational interviewing training.  Research on Social Work Practice, 30(4), 382-391. DOI:10.1177/1049731519887438 

Forman, D.P. & Moyers, T.B. (2019).  With odds of a single session, Motivational Interviewing is a good bet.  Psychotherapy, 56(1), 62-66.

Courses Taught

  • Abnormal Behavior

  • Psychopathology

  • Alcohol Use Disorders

  • Junior Honors Seminar


Current Students:  Emily Starratt