Brett Engle joined the Barry faculty in the fall of 2007. He received his PhD in social welfare from Florida International University, where he conducted a National Institute of Health sponsored study (1 F31 DA 020233-01A1) on adolescent substance abuse group treatment. This study examined relationships among group leader empathy, group member commitment language, peer responses to commitment language and substance use outcomes. Dr. Engle’s research interests include adolescent health risk behaviors, the group modality, process research utilizing discourse analysis, and the motivational interviewing and social learning theory based constructs of commitment language and other change talk and deviancy training. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and is actively involved with the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups.
Dr. Engle takes an inquiry and Socratic approach to teaching in the classroom. He teaches practice courses and emphasizes the integration of research and practice and evidence-based practice.
Dr. Engle is originally from Oregon. He received his BS in Psychology and MSW from Boise State University. He has field experience providing housing, substance abuse, mental health, and home health care services for a range of client populations. He is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida.
Engle, B., & Macgowan, M. (in press) A critical review of adolescent substance abuse
group treatments. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work.
Engle, B. (2007) [Review of the book Deviant peer influences in programs for youth].
Journal of Adolescent Research, 22 (3), 324-326.