Our Team

Theory to Action addresses the full continuum of needs: from individual training and supervision, to quality services that achieve outcomes across clinical, financial, and other measures.

Evidence-based clinical interventions work most effectively when the correct processes are in place. Whether your organization is new to Motivational Interviewing (MI) or you are already on your journey to implement MI, Theory to Action offers tailored support and methods to guarantee that you capture the full benefits of implementing MI.

Our team is comprised of experts who have successfully implemented Motivational Interviewing in various industries including health coaching, community-based and substance use treatment centers, public health, children and youth services, higher education, general research, business leadership, and the full spectrum of the healthcare industry.

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Karin Wilson, MA, MCHC


An expert in Motivational Interviewing and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2002, Karin is the founder of Theory to Action. Karin has significant research experience and has served as co-investigator on various multi-million dollar grants examining the efficacy of Motivational Interviewing in various settings.  Karin has previously worked as a consultant with the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA) in New Mexico, the VA Hospital System in Alaska, the Office of the US Airforce Surgeon General in Falls Church, VA, and the University of Texas San Antonio, along with 10 years of working as a psychologist within the National Health System (NHS) in the United Kingdom.


Theresa Moyers, PhD.


A member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. Terri is an expert in the clinical practice of motivational interviewing and her research focuses on identifying the active ingredients of motivational interviewing and the best ways to teach it to frontline providers. Terri is a co-creator of the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) coding tool.


Denise Ernst, PhD.


A member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and a coding geek since the beginning of motivational interviewing coding! Part of the development team for the MISC and the MITI. Involved in coding for individual coaching, implementation efforts, and treatment fidelity for research. Got to love that coding!

Paul Wilson, Ph.D.


Paul is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). He served the US Air Force with distinction, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and retired from active duty with over 20 years of service.


Paul served in many clinical and leadership positions in the Air Force and helped develop numerous innovative programs and processes for the Air Force in mental health, substance abuse, health psychology and psychological factors in military and healthcare operations. His last job in the Air Force was as inspector and mentor for all mental health operations across the Air Force.


Paul has worked for Presbyterian Medical Group in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he served as Director, Primary Care Behavioral Health. As Director he was responsible for all behavioral health services in primary care settings, including mental health, substance abuse and behavioral factors in medical care. He spearheaded many innovations for the health care system.


Paul is currently working as a civilian psychologist for the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia, providing health care for all military beneficiaries in the National Capitol Region.


Christina Phillips, MA

Coding Lab Specialist

A member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), Christina leads training and clinical supervision, and she manages and conducts research projects that support the effective application of evidence-based theories, including Motivational Interviewing. 

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Tara McCune MA, LPCC 

Coding Lab Specialist

A member of the Motivational Network of Trainers (MINT) Tara has provided MI trainings to professionals and community members in Massachusetts, Utah, and New Mexico along with working 7.5 years as a mental health clinician. She has experience providing MI training and coding feedback to colleagues and trainees in schools, healthcare clinics, research projects, and as part of community education.


Julia Timmerman, LCSW, CAC III, ACS

Coding Lab Specialist

A member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), Julia provides MI trainings to a wide range of health professionals and organizations. Julia also offers clinical supervision and has been a part of the development and application of integrated evidence-based treatments for adolescent substance use and behavioral health care in Colorado.


Margarita Avitia 

Coding Lab Specialist

A member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) Margarita is a bilingual MINT member who works within diverse communities in New Mexico providing behavioral health interventions in English and Spanish. Margarita is currently working within a large hospital group’s behavioral health recovery program. Margarita also has experience in MI research as a clinician in a bilingual grant at the University of New Mexico (UNM) assessing alcohol use in the elderly. Margarita enjoys coding Spanish audio samples with the MITI coding tool.