Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD

Level 3: What Motivates Change? Translating Theory into Practice

Dana Sturtevant


The conversations that occur between health care providers and their patients are powerful ones, capable of supporting or inhibiting the innate change process that is alive in all of us. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a state-of-the-art, evidence-based clinical counseling method designed for evoking intrinsic motivation for positive health behavior change. First described by William Miller (1983) and later elaborated in the classic book – Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change (1991, 2002, 2012) – MI offers a practical, common sense approach for supporting clients in making and sustaining health behavior changes. Originally developed in the drug and alcohol field, over 200 clinical trials demonstrate the efficacy of MI across a range of populations, target behaviors, and medical conditions. In this talk, Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD, will review the theories and principles of MI and offer conversation strategies to advocate for change.

Speaker Bio

Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD is a dietitian, facilitator, educator, speaker, writer, and activist. As a registered dietitian, Dana has been incorporating Motivational Interviewing into her clinical practice for 18 years. She has received training and mentorship from some of the best trainers in the field – Stephen Rollnick, Denise Earnst, and Steve Berg-Smith. After becoming a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers in 2002, Dana has traveled around the country training thousands of helping professionals in the art and science of behavior change counseling.

Dana lives in Portland, Oregon and is the co-founder of Be Nourished, a community based outpatient clinic and professional training institute that created Body Trust®—a strength-based, trauma-informed, scientifically grounded healing modality that encourages movement toward a compassionate, weight-inclusive model of radical self-care to address body oppression, heal body shame and associated patterns of chronic dieting and disordered eating. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Real Simple, Self, and the Huffington Post. For more information about Dana, visit benourished.org.