Dr. Mark B. Sobell is a Professor and Associate Director of Clinical Training at the Center for Psychological Studies at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is also Co-Director of the Guided Self-Change Clinic at NSU. Before this, for 16 years he was a Senior Scientist at the Addiction Research Foundation (Canada) and a Professor at the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California at Riverside. He is nationally and internationally known for his research in the addictions field, particularly brief motivational interventions, the process of self-change, and the Timeline Followback. He is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and is Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology.
He has given over 200 invited presentations/workshops, published over 280 articles and book chapters, and authored 7 books. His most recent book is titled Group therapy with substance use disorders: A motivational cognitive-behavioral approach [2011, Guilford Press, NY;]. For over three decades he has been the recipient of grants from several federal agencies.
Currently he is the Associate Editor of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors and Behavior Therapy and is on the editorial board of 5 other peer-reviewed journals.He was Acting Editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. He is president-elect of the Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12) of the American Psychological Association.
In recognition of his research accomplishments, he has received several awards including the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, Society of Clinical Psychology; the 2008 Charles C. Shepard Science Award (most outstanding peer-reviewed research paper on prevention and control published by Centers for Disease Control/ATSDR scientists 2007); the Lifetime Achievement Award from Addictions Special Interest Group, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive and Therapies; and the Jellinek Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to knowledge in the field of alcohol studies.