Welcome!

  • Our team includes bilingual research assistants and interventionists.
  • Our research focuses on use of motivational interviewing and on health disparities.
  • We collaborate closely with community organizations.
  • Meet Frida, our official Motivational Interviewing Mascot.


Our interdisciplinary research group focuses on reducing risky health behaviors among under-served urban, immigrant populations. Our MIHD research staff and MI-trained interventionists are bilingual and trained in Addiction Science, Motivational Interviewing, and in using the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity System. Dr. Lee’s programmatic research focuses on social determinants of health behaviors such as acculturation stress; mechanisms of behavior change; health technologies to disseminate empirically-based treatments; linguistic vs. cultural adaptations; and community-based approaches to enhance minority participation in treatment and research.

Dr. Lee also established and helps to administer a program in Integrated Behavioral Health at the South End Community Health Center in Boston, MA and has conducted national-level presentations on integrated care. With her colleagues at Brown University, Simmons College, and University of Massachusetts, Dr. Lee heads a NIH-funded project examining motivational interviewing with community participants and has developed a phone-based version of MI on another NIH funded study. Dr. Lee, currently an Assistant Professor in Applied Psychology at Northeastern University, has been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2006. In 2017, Dr. Lee served as a reviewer for student grants as part of the Educational and Training Committee of Division 50 (Addictions) in the American Psychological Association. Additionally, she was invited to serve on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, a high impact journal published by the American Psychological Association.