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Ashley Braun, MS, RD

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centered approach to counseling, education, and conversation that is commonly employed to help individuals overcome challenging behavior. The objective of this project is to test the feasibility and acceptability of a remote MI training designed specifically for registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs). This training will include the core components of MI, as well as aspects unique to challenges and opportunities faced by the RDN. Results will inform future programs, which will serve to advance the training and expertise of RDNs nationwide.

Ashley Braun is a Clinical Research Dietitian and doctoral student at The Ohio State University. As a practicing dietitian, Ashlea has developed expertise in counseling and behavior change for vulnerable populations, as well as translational science. She has completed extensive training in motivational interviewing (MI), and has been engaged in training and educating various professionals in the use of MI. Her current research focuses on planning, implementation, and evaluation of MI interventions in vulnerable populations, and she has been recognized on the local, state, and national level for her work. Her current project, Motivational Interviewing: Training and Application for Dietetics Professionals, involves the development and evaluation of remote training for RDNs in the use of MI.

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