Wayne State University
Sylvie Naar-King, Ph.D.

Sylvie Naar-King, Ph.D.




4707 St Antoine Street, Suite W534


Sylvie Naar-King, Ph.D.

Dr. Sylvie Naar is a Professor and Director of the Division of Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences at Wayne State University. Dr. Naar has had several federally funded projects developing, testing and implementing behavioral interventions to reduce health disparities in children, adolescents and young adults, including two center grants from the National Institutes of Health. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, and has provided trainings locally, nationally, and internationally for over 15 years for many types of providers including medical providers, mental health providers, and community health workers. She also has funded projects to study how to implement behavioral interventions such as Motivational Interviewing (MI) in real-world settings. She is also a licensed pediatric psychologist. Dr. Naar has worked closely with the developers of MI to author the first textbook on the use of MI with adolescents and young adults and a second text book on the integration of MI and other behavioral interventions. She has experience in multi-site evaluation studies of complex, multi-level interventions for the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and the Health Resources and Service Administration. Dr. Naar has authored over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals

Area of Expertise

  • Methods across the spectrum of behavioral intervention research (pilot development to community implementation)
  • Team Science


Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences


WSU School of Medicine