University at Buffalo

About Us

Kurt Dermen Kurt Dermen, PhD, serves as director of the UBMI Center. He is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Kurt is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience in the development, research, and training of motivational interviewing interventions. He has been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since its inception in 1997. Other activities that bring him joy include birding, sailing, weather observation, and contra dancing.

Molly Rath, LCSW, CASAC, serves as the Center’s lead trainer and project manager.  Molly is a therapist and trainer with extensive experience using MI in the treatment of substance use and other disorders.  She has been a member of MINT since 2017 and has provided MI training and coaching to professionals and students in a broad range of disciplines and settings. Molly also loves walking (especially with her dog), hiking, reading, and yoga.

Sunrise over Muscongus Bay, New Harbor, Maine.