Steven Ondersma, PhD

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C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health 

Steve Ondersma, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor at Michigan State University's Charles Stewart Mott Department of Public Health and the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology. His research is focused on the promotion of maternal and child health and healthy birth outcomes using high-reach technology-delivered brief interventions. 

His primary interest is in population-level interventions promoting maternal and child health in underserved communities, particularly via technology-based brief interventions for substance use in the perinatal period. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 37), former Editor of the journal Child Maltreatment, and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. He currently co-chairs the Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome subgroup of the NIH’s Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) initiative. He has led multiple NIH and CDC studies focusing on the development, validation, and implementation of novel screening techniques and electronic/mobile (mHealth) interventions in healthcare settings. He is also the developer of the Computerized Intervention Authoring System (CIAS 3.0), an NIH-funded, free research resource facilitating the development of interactive and sophisticated digital interventions for any platform.

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Scholarly Interests

  • Substance Use Among Pregnant and Postpartum Women
  • National Drug Control Policy
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Behavioral Science
  • Computer-Delivered Assessment
  • Technology-Based Interventions
  • Child Abuse and Neglect




Wayne State University,
Detroit, Michigan
Doctor of Philosophy,
Clinical Psychology
APA Approved

Wayne State University,
Detroit, Michigan
Master of Arts,
Clinical Psychology
APA Approved

Calvin College,
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology