Dr. Steven Cole
Wellness Elective Curriculum
Steven Cole, MD, MA (Sociology) is Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, a Professor of Scientific Education at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine (pending) and a member of MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers(www.motivationalinterviewing.org)
Trained at Harvard, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Cole is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and has achieved Added Qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine. He has received grants and contracts from the Jonathan D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and many others. Dr. Cole has achieved wide recognition as an expert on medical communication. He published a premier textbook on the medical interview in 1990, entitled, The Medical Interview: The Three Function Approach. The second edition of the text, published in 2000, sold 20,000 copies, has been assigned in 22 US medical schools and has been translated into Japanese. The third edition came out in 2014 and will be translated into Chinese. In the third edition, Dr. Cole, with colleagues, presents Brief Action Planning (BAP), a self-management support tool and technique for health, wellness, and chronic illness care based on the principles and practice of Motivational Interviewing (MI). He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, 35 book chapters, and 130 scholarly posters and presentations nationally and internationally.
“Steve was very relaxed and kind. More importantly, he showed us all such great respect and treated us as peers, not as less than. He was also extremely knowledgeable and did an excellent job of explaining BAP and how to implement it.”
Currently teaches in the following courses
Motivational Interviewing for Health and Wellness