Associate Professor of Professional Practice
PhD, Columbia School of Social Work
Focus: Motivational interviewing in the area of harm reduction
Research: Testing the efficacy of motivational interviewing with various populations to increase health improvement behaviors
Dr. Riedel received a Ph.D. In Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work in 1998 and an MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work in 1985. Since earning her MSW, Dr. Riedel has worked as a social worker with adolescents, people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS (PLWA), and people with problematic use of drugs and alcohol. She teaches, trains, and lectures nationally on the topic of harm reduction. Currently she works as an associate professor of professional practice at CUSSW, as a staff trainer in many local organizations using a harm reduction approach, and as clinical harm reduction supervisor in numerous community-based organizations.
She trains staff extensively on Motivational Interviewing (MI), is co-investigator on multiple intervention research projects testing the efficacy of the use of MI with various populations to reduce drug and alcohol related harm and/or to increase a range of health improvement behaviors. Currently she is working on several new projects: increasing motivation for and access to AIDS Clinical Trials for HIV-positive people of color, including women (Project ACT 2); infusing motivational techniques in a microfinance training and asset development project for women engaged in sex work in Mongolia; increasing motivation to HIV test and treat in five high-prevalence areas in Brooklyn; and, developing motivation to begin medication regimes for HIV–infected persons who are not on medications but reach CDC recommended markers for doing so.
Dr. Riedel is affiliated with the The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and a member of the Northeast Anti-racist Alliance. As such she has co-trained with the group’s co-founder and other core trainers on anti-racist social work, education, and community organizing. She trains students and agency staff on principles of cultural inclusion, anti-oppressive practice, social justice, and racial identity theory. She is committed to integrating principles of equity into social work practice, intervention, supervision, evaluation, and research.