Bruce A. Berger PhD, RPh

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Bruce A. Berger, PhD, RPh

Bruce is President of Berger Consulting, LLC and Emeritus Professor at Auburn University. He has developed comMIt (Comprehensive Motivational Interviewing Training for health care providers) and AU MITI (Auburn University Motivational Interviewing Training Institute). He has taught Motivational Interviewing in healthcare and methods for improving treatment adherence for over 30 years.

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This speaker's topics include:

  • Motivational interviewing and health behavior change
  • Managing angry and difficult people
  • Interpersonal effectiveness
  • Self-Deception: Undermining Relationships
  • Improving treatment adherence and treatment outcomes

Dr. Berger's research interests included health behavior change and improving treatment adherence.  He has written or presented over 800 papers or seminars on these topics. Bruce is the author of the book, Motivational Interviewing for Health Care Professionals:  A Sensible Approach (August, 2013), and an 8 hour accredited Motivational Interviewing E-Learning Program for Health Care Professionals (2015), along with William A. Villaume—see Books & Media below.

He has been a consultant and trainer for Pfizer, Inc., Procter & Gamble, Amylin, Alexion, Astra-Zeneca, Sanofi-Aventis, GSK, and various health plans, including Humana, Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts Health, and numerous BlueCross BlueShield plans as well as the Veterans Administration, US Army, and US Air Force.

He is the recipient of the Johnson & Johnson Award, the Lyman Award and the first American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy's Award of Excellence for his research.  He is the 2001 recipient of the Jack L. Beal Post baccalaureate Alumni Award from the Ohio State University.

In March of 2004 Bruce was awarded a fellowship by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science for a lifetime of quality research.

Bruce is the 2007 and 2009 winner of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Wierderholt Prize for the best research publication in the social, behavioral, and administrative sciences in pharmacy in the Journal of the APhA.  The first study focused on the impact of motivational interviewing.

Bruce is the 2009 recipient of the American Association of Colleges of Phamacy’s Robert Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award, one of the Association’s three highest honors.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio.  Bruce received his BS in Pharmacy from The Ohio State University.   After practicing pharmacy for two years he returned to Ohio State and received his Masters and Ph.D. in social and behavioral pharmacy.  He taught at Ohio State before moving to West Virginia University in January, 1980.  After two years at WVU, Bruce moved to Auburn University and taught there until his retirement from the university in September of 2009.

Many of the participants expressed that they were very pleased with the presentation. They liked the use of real life situations and how our nurses have to work with people They expressed that though Dr. Berger is highly educated he was able to inform and enlighten using practical advice.
CalOptima

The Speaker was able to integrate Cyberonics examples and scenarios to help solidify skills. His ability to take Cyberonics Processes and integrate into MI was appreciated by the audience.
Cyberonics

His presentation made the faculty think about opportunities to engage in MI with patients. Several faculty were brainstorming opportunities in their own practices.
UAMS College of Pharmacy

Bruce has an 8 hour Motivational Interviewing e-learning program, accredited for nurses, pharmacists,  physicians,  and social workers.

It can be found at https://tinyurl.com/PurdueCE-MI-HCP