Making and Maintaining Behavior Change

Dr. Carlo DiClemente discusses making and maintaining healthy behavior changes around substance misuse and abuse. He addresses recognizing problematic substance use behaviors in oneself, incorporating feedback from others, and the nonlinear process of behavior change.


Carlo DiClemente, PhD, ABPP

Carlo DiClemente, PhD, ABPP, is an emeritus professor of psychology at UMBC and formerly at the University of Houston and the University of Texas Medical School. He currently directs several training centers at UMBC. He is co-developer of the transtheoretical model of behavior change, and author of numerous publications on motivation and behavior change with a variety of health and addictive behaviors. In 2018 he published the second edition of Addiction and Change: How Addictions Develop and Addicted People Recover and has co-authored several professional books, The Transtheoretical ModelSubstance Abuse Treatment and the Stages of Change (Second Edition), and Group Treatment for Substance Abuse: A Stages of Change Therapy Manual (Second Edition), and a self-help book, Changing for Good.

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This podcast—moderated by Dr. Daniel Elchert—is part of a series that covers topics of interest for consumers who would like to learn more about psychology. These episodes are intended for general information and discussion purposes only and do not provide formal recommendations or clinical advice. Please consult with a licensed professional for your mental health concerns.

Dr. Elchert recently completed his doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Iowa, where he also earned a master’s degree in educational measurement and statistics. He completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at Michigan State University and currently lives in the Washington, DC, area.