Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Washington
Dr. Charles Bombardier is a Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He earned a PhD in clinical psychology from Washington State University in 1987 and completed his internship and post-doctoral fellowship in medical psychology at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He was the attending psychologist on the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA for 17 years. He specializes in the rehabilitation of persons with neurological disabilities such as spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain injury. He has been practicing, studying, and training healthcare professionals in motivational interviewing since 1998. Dr. Bombardier has led multiple grants and published papers on the efficacy of motivational interviewing to improve outcomes after traumatic brain injury, to increase health promotion behaviors in people with multiple sclerosis, and to increase physical activity as a treatment for major depression in people with multiple sclerosis. He specializes in training health care providers to use MI, including physicians, medical students, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, dieticians, and personal trainers.