Steve Ondersma, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor in the Division 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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