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Brad Lundahl, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Brad Lundahl, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Brad Lundahl, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Chief Content Expert


Welcome friends, 

With the help of many, I have built this training program to help healthcare providers, counselors, and all who strive to help others succeed in life better understand the key ideas and techniques of Motivational Interviewing. My sincere hope is that you find the materials on MI easy to understand and implement. MI transformed my clinical practice and solves many problems we counselors and healthcare workers face. I am excited to share this powerful, kind, deep approach with you. 


My professional background includes:


Clinical 

  • I engage in clinical work and own a mental health counseling agency with top counselors and healthcare professionals (www.cccslc.com). 


Training

  • I have conducted hundreds of trainings in MI across many states and agencies. I am a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and have published many academic articles on MI (see below). 

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Brian P. Connors, PhD, MOT, OTR/L, CSCS

Brad Lundahl, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Brad Lundahl, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

President


As a former student of Dr. Lundahl, I can attest to the quality and utility of his in-person MI trainings. Now after transferring his unique training approach to an  eLearning format, we're excited to offer the same quality training in 10-20 minute modules.


My professional back ground includes:

  • PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Utah
  • Master's in Occupational Therapy from University of the Sciences
  • Certified Higher Education Teaching Specialist from the University of Utah's Center for Teaching and Learning


  1. Connors, B., Ndawru, J. & Stern, B. (2019). Brief motivational interviewing: A tool for occupational therapy practitioners to support self-management in home health. OT Practice - SIS Quarterly Practice Connections, 4(3), 18-22
  2. Connors, B., LaStayo, P., Marcus, R., Lundahl, B. & Richards, L.G. The Use of Motivational Interviewing in Musculoskeletal Care: A Scoping Review, American Society of Hand Therapists, September 20, 2018, Dallas TX



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Cassia Connors, PE, MBA

Brad Lundahl, PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Cassia Connors, PE, MBA

Business Development


My role is to collaborate and integrate the knowledge and feedback from the organization’s specialist functions, for example, research and development, production, marketing, and sales to assure that we are capable of implementing the growth opportunity successfully.


My professional background includes:

  • Master in Business Administration from the University of Utah
  • Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arkansas

eSym: Improving Lives Through Motivational Interviewing

Published by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute

Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based approach used by counselors, educators, medical professionals, correctional officers, and others to change patient or client behavior. It can help people smoke less, exercise more, follow through with recommendations, keep commitments, and more.

A team of faculty, professionals, and students at the University of Utah hope to make motivational interviewing training more common and accessible through a new online training platform and company. They launched their product, Enhanced Motivational Interviewing, and their company, eSym, in 2019 and already have clients.

The development and launch of the company was supported during the 2018-19 academic year through the Lassonde New Venture Development Center, which matches graduate students with faculty inventors and industry partners to develop business ideas. The team included Michelle King, an MBA student; Esabelle Khaosanga, a law student; and Ky-Phuong Luong and Siyu Chen, who are both biology Ph.D. students.

“We did market research, but our most in-depth research had to do with delivery of the final product,” King said. “We provided information on multiple learning management systems and mass open online classes to help the company decide which route would be the most cost effective, scalable, and adoptive approach to launch their product.”

Brian Connors, president of eSym, used concepts from motivational interviewing while earning his Ph.D. in rehabilitation science from the U in 2018. After graduation he teamed with Brad Lundahl, a faculty member in the College of Social Work, to develop a flipped classroom style of learning that increases efficiency by allowing students to learn at their own pace and practice before receiving live coaching and feedback. Cassia Connors, vice president of business development, is also on the team and a 2017 graduate of the U’s MBA program.

Learn more about Enhanced Motivational Interviewing by eSym at esympro.com.

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Enhanced Motivational Interviewing by eSym Selected for Grant Funding

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