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, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology. His research focuses on promoting maternal and child health and healthy birth outcomes using high-reach technology-delivered brief interventions. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 37), a former Editor of the journal Child Maltreatment, and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. He is an investigator with the NIH Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) initiative and a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. He has led multiple NIH and CDC studies focusing on developing, validating, and implementing 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


Research Projects


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  • Phone: 810-600-5667
  • Address:
    Charles Stewart Mott Department of Public Health, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University
    200 East 1st Street
    Flint, MI 48502


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