Our Founder


Dr. Sylvie Naar, Ph.D


Dr. Naar founded BCC over a decade ago is now a Distinguished and Endowed Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine and the Director of the Center for Translational Behavioral Science at Florida State University College of Medicine.  She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), directing and providing consultation for trainings locally, nationally, and internationally for over 15 years. She is also a licensed pediatric psychologist.  Dr. Naar has had several federally funded projects utilizing Motivational Interviewing (MI) to improve health behaviors for many populations and delivered by many types of providers including medical providers, mental health providers, and paraprofessional staff.  She also has funded projects to study how to best teach MI and how to implement MI within organizations. Dr. Naar has worked closely with the developers of MI (Miller and Rollnick) to author the first textbook on the use of MI with adolescents and young adults (Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Young Adults) and in integrating MI and cognitive-behavioral approaches for multiple behaviors and concerns (Motivational Interviewing and CBT: Combining Strategies for Maximum Effectiveness). She has experience in multi-site evaluation studies of complex, multi-level interventions for the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and the Health Resources and Service Administration. 

Dr. Naar is no longer the owner of or an employee at BCC.


Over the years Dr. Naar's research has been published and is widely acclaimed with over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Below is a link to one of Dr. Naar's articles from Scientific American Psychiatry: