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Susan Chang

Susan Chang is a longstanding member of our MITI Coding team. Susan is a creative and intuitive person who has worked throughout her career to provide effective and articulate communication. The majority of her work has been focused on customer satisfaction and project management. We are so happy to have her as a foundational member of our Coding team where she works with our clients to enhance their skills in the techniques of Motivational Interviewing.

Susan received her BFA from Tufts University and attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

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Gabrielle Ruiz Tudo

Gabrielle is a Puerto Rican, currently living in Puerto Rico. She is a consultant with studies in psychology. For 10 years she has had experience in the areas of research and community work, including in the roles of counseling, training, supervision, and coordination of programs mostly aimed towards disease and substance use prevention. Trained in Motivational Interview (MI) since 2006, a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2012. She has been part of the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) Coders team since 2013, helping professionals become more proficient in their MI skills, both in English and Spanish. From her beginnings in MI, she has been involved in several efforts to make MI more accessible to Spanish speakers.

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Alexandra Heinz

Alex Heinz LICSW, MPH is a trainer and consultant based in Boston, Massachusetts. In her role, Alex supports organizations to address issues related to substance use with prevention and early intervention strategies like SBIRT and Motivational Interviewing. She works with organizations to help them implement and sustain workflows, and to develop and deliver skills training and coaching with their staff. Alex has been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers since 2020. Her past experience includes several years of clinical work with youth and adults in the areas of intimate partner violence, sexual health, mental health, substance use, and infectious disease. Alex holds a Master’s of Social Work and a Master’s of Public Health from Boston University, and a Bachelor’s of Arts from Boston College. Outside of work, Alex loves getting creative with crafts and DIY home improvement projects, sharing meals with family and friends, and going on walks with her dog Thor.

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Orla Adams

Orla is a registered Dietitian originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland and now living in Cardiff, Wales working in the NHS and specialising in weight management. She delivers MI training across multiple health professions alongside her NHS work.   Orla became a member of MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) in 2011. She has served as a supportive committee member for MINT UK and Ireland chapter and continues to serve on the Program Planning Committee for the annual international MINT Forum. Orla completed her training in MICA (Motivational Interviewing Competency Assessment) in 2019 and also completed training in learning to use MITI 4.2.1 in 2020. Orla is passionate about supporting people to develop their skills and confidence with Motivational Interviewing and she is delighted and honoured to join the team.

MITI Coding Team

Our MITI Coding Team

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Jill Findley

Jill Findley, Ph.D., is an educational psychologist, licensed physical therapist, certified yoga teacher, and team member for the Health Education & Training Institute (HETI). She has been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers since 2019 and  is honored to be part of HETI's coding team. Jill is passionate about Motivational Interviewing and is a dedicated learner, compassionate instructor, and excellent listener.  

Jill has taught both Research Methods and Biostatistics at the graduate level. Her research interests include meta-analysis, psychometrics, biofeedback, and motivational interviewing in healthcare interventions.  

She has worked with people with a variety of illnesses and conditions such as those with amputations, autism, chronic pain, developmental disabilities, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries in addition to those in post-surgical recovery. Her work experience spans hospitals – including the Veterans Administration Medical Center, clinics, home care, schools, and universities.  

Jill earned her B.A. in psychology from Boston College (Magna Cum Laude), her M.S. in physical therapy from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the City University of New York.

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Susan Dopart

Susan B. Dopart, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., is a nutrition and fitness expert who has been in private practice for more than 19 years. As a trusted partner who works closely with clients and their physicians, she specializes in medical nutrition-related issues, including diabetes and endocrinology, heart disease, weight management, cancer, pregnancy, infertility, PCOS, and exercise nutrition.  Susan works with children, adolescents and adults.

Before establishing her own consultancy, Susan worked at UCLA as both a medical and kidney dietitian.


Susan has consulted for UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Extension, the Beverly Hills Country Club, Sebastian International, and Procter & Gamble. She has written and contributed to multiple publications, including The Huffington Post, SELF Magazine, UCLA Medicine, Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists SCAN publication, Best Life, Men’s Health, Message Magazine, Diabetes Forecast and Diabetes Health.


As a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, Susan advocates a client-directed counseling style for eliciting behavior change. This approach helps clients explore and resolve ambivalence.


Susan is a member of the American Dietetic Association and participates in subgroups of the ADA for Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists, Nutrition in Complementary Care, and Diabetes Care and Education. She is also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Diabetes Association. Susan is also a Certified Diabetes Educator.


Susan received her B.S. in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics from UC Berkeley and her M.S. in Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine from California State University, Hayward. She is certified as an Exercise Test Technologist from the American College of Sports Medicine.


She is from New Jersey and grew up in Northern California before moving to Los Angeles to work at UCLA Medical Center. She resides in Santa Monica with her husband Jeffrey. Susan’s passion is finding reasonable lifestyle solutions to assist others in having health and happiness.

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Donna Darmody

Donna Lynn Darmody, M.S. C.W.P. is the Director of Health Education/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Coordinator at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. She holds a M.S. in Health and Physical Education from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is a Certified Wellness Professional with the National Wellness Institute and holds a Certification in Chemical Dependency from Roger Williams University. With over 25 years in higher education she has been using MI skills for the past 10 years. She delivers and trains other staff to do Brief Alcohol Skills Interventions with College Students (BASICS). She was the site coordinator for Brown University’s Medical School of Addictions research grant “Project Assist” on stepped care for alcohol interventions with college students. She also was a smoking cessation coach with the “Pathways to Change Research Study” under Dr. James Prochaska at the University of Rhode Island.  Presently she is  a  part time Clinical Research Interventionist  with  Project ReDIAL (Revisiting Decreasing Injuries from Alcohol) with Lifespan’s Injury Prevention Center at Rhode Island and Miriam Hospital in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Trained in basic MI in 2006 (15 hours) by MINT trainer Stephen Berg Smith at the National Wellness Conference in Wisconsin she then attended the Health Education and Training Institute’s (HETI) Basic and Advanced MI Training in 2009 (22hrs) with MINT trainer Stephen Andrew and was trained in MITI 3.1 (15 hours) with Ali Hall, J.D. in 2010. Besides being a coder for HETI she provides individualized feedback sessions for her student Interventionists.