Kirk von Sternberg, Ph.D., is a professor at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, and the associate director of the Health Behavior Research and Training Institute (HBRT). von Sternberg has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Houston and a Ph.D. in behavioral science from the University of Texas Health Science Center-School of Public Health. von Sternberg has 20 years of experience in designing and implementing large clinical trials to test behavior change interventions based on the Transtheoretical Model (TTM) and Motivational Interviewing (MI). As an investigator, he has been responsible for study design and data analysis on several large NIH and CDC funded randomized controlled intervention trials addressing risk of alcohol-exposed pregnancies, alcohol and safer sexual practices, STI screening, cocaine abuse, and screening and brief interventions for alcohol and drugs in medical settings to name a few. Along with a current intervention trial, CHOICES Teen, to prevent alcohol- and marijuana-exposed pregnancy (CDC) in sexually active adolescent women involved in the criminal justice system, von Sternberg has particular interest in the mechanisms of change and is currently involved in mediation analyses of process of behavior change constructs and the predictive quality of profiles of TTM constructs.

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Interests

Health behavior interventions based on the Transtheoretical Model of Change and Motivational Interviewing, including alcohol- and tobacco-exposed pregnancy, HIV prevention, alcohol and other substance abuse in medical settings.