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Dr. Deborah Teplow

Addiction Track

Tiny Habits®: From Small Steps to Big Success

Deborah is an expert in person-centered, solution-focused, strength-based, relationship-focused approaches to care, and has published widely on evidence-based strategies to promote lasting behavior change. She is CEO and co-founder of the Institute for Wellness Education. Together with IWE's other co-founder, Dr. David Mee-Lee, Deborah has provided training for state and federal agencies to help professionals and peer support specialist boost their capacity to help others make positive, lasting change.


Deborah has provided hundreds of hours of hands-on skills training in the past year to agencies across the country, including NAADAC, New Jersey Prevention Network, Los Angeles County Public Health Department, the National Association of Social Workers, and Cumberland County Department of Human Services and Mental Health. Deborah earned her doctorate from Stanford University and is certified as a Tiny Habits® Coach by BJ Fogg, Director, Stanford Behavior Design Lab and currently is a member of the TIny Habits Research Lab. Deborah also has extensive training in solution-focused brief therapy and recently graduated from SAMHSA’s Faith Leadership Academy to help faith communities address substance use disorder. Deborah has pioneered approaches to training that translate solid science into effective action that delivers proven results for professionals and community activists in diverse settings ranging from local, state, and federal organizations to individual groups and families.