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Counseling Strategies to Encourage Behavior Change in Weight Loss

Delia Smith West, PhD

Dr. West is a South Carolina SmartState Endowed Chair and Professor in the Department of Exercise Science at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.  She also directs the Technology Center to Promote Healthful Behaviors.  She is a fellow in the Society of Behavioral Medicine and serves on the National  Institute  of  Diabetes  and  Digestive  and  Kidney  Disorders  (NIDDK) Clinical Obesity Research Panel.

Dr. West is a licensed psychologist and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University – The State University of New Jersey. She has contributed to more than 125 peer-reviewed   publications   and   has   served   as   principal   investigator   or investigator on more than 32 federally-funded and foundation-sponsored research projects, including publications and research projects that have focused on the use of motivational interviewing in weight control.