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Jeff Foote, Ph.D.

Dr. Jeff Foote is a nationally recognized clinical research scientist who has received extensive federal grant funding for his work on motivational treatment approaches. Dr. Foote has worked in the addiction treatment field as a clinician and researcher since the late 1980′s, and has developed a unique motivational treatment approach that incorporates principles of group treatment as well as research-based principles of human behavior change.

In 2004, Dr. Foote opened the Center for Motivation and Change with his partner, Dr. Carrie Wilkens. CMC’s mission is to provide evidence-based treatments to help people change their substance use and compulsive behaviors while providing a warm and therapeutic atmosphere. CMC is built on the belief and optimism that people can change. Previously, Dr. Foote was the Deputy Director of the Division of Alcohol Treatment and Research at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in NYC, as well as a Senior Research Associate at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) in NYC. Dr. Foote also served as Chief of the Smithers Addiction Treatment and Research Center as well as Director of Evaluation and Research between 1994 and 2001. Dr. Foote is also team Psychologist for the New York Mets.

Dr. Foote is the co-author of Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change, a book that eschews the theatrics of interventions and tough love to show family and friends how they can use kindness, positive reinforcement, and motivational and behavioral strategies to help their loved ones change. Delivered with warmth, optimism, and humor, Beyond Addiction defines a new, empowered role for friends and family and a paradigm shift for the field. To find out more about Beyond Addiction, go to

You can find out more about Dr. Foote at the CMC website,, and you can follow him on twitter, @JFootePhD. You can follow CMC on twitter, @_TheCMC, or on Facebook,

Entries by Jeff Foote, Ph.D.

10 Effective Tips to Help Your Loved One Seek Treatment for a Substance Use Problem

(3) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 11:41 AM

When an individual is in the throes of struggling with substance problems, chaos becomes a regular part of life for both the individual (also known clinically as the identified patient, or "IP"), and his or her family. As mental health clinicians, we spend a great deal of time working with...

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Could Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death Finally Change the Conversation About Substance Use?

(3) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 11:18 AM

The news of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death is heartbreaking and the outpouring of attention and emotion speaks to the impact his talent had on all of us. The world just lost a compelling human being and gifted artist.

As psychologists, when we hear about a well-known person dying of...

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See the Ball, Hit the Ball -- See the Bottle, Don't Hit the Bottle

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 12:39 PM

"See the ball... hit the ball!"

"Don't over-think this!"

"This is a simple game!"

From the time they are 11 years old, baseball players have had these things shouted at them. It may not seem to have a lot to do with making changes in substance use behavior, but give...

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