Dr. Meyers has been in the addiction field for 38 years with 23 of those years being at the University of New Mexico. He is currently the director of Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D. & Associates and a Research Associate Professor Emeritus in Psychology at the University of New Mexico’s Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addiction. He has been involved in over a dozen clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health, including Project Match and the Clinical Trials Network.
Dr. Meyers began his work with the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) in 1976. At that time he helped develop the first CRA outpatient procedures, which were used in the seminal study published by Dr. Nathan Azrin and colleagues in 1982. In the late 1990’s Dr. Meyers helped design and evaluate the adolescent version of CRA (A-CRA). Dr. Meyers also developed the new innovative “intervention” program used to engage resistant substance abusers to enter treatment. This new intervention called Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), an evidence-based protocol, has been shown to be superior to more traditional interventions in several randomized clinical trials. His CRAFT work has led Dr. Meyers and CRAFT to be one of the 14 featured segments of the Emmy Award-winning HBO Addiction series. Dr. Meyers has also been featured in Oprah magazine for his outstanding work using the Community Reinforcement Approach.
Dr. Meyers is an internationally known speaker and trainer who has delivered trainings in 31 states in the USA and in 14 countries around the world. Dr. Meyers has delivered trainings in 6 of the worlds 7 continents. He has published over 100 scientific articles or chapters and co-authored 5 books and one manual on addiction treatment, including “Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading and Threatening” and “Motivating Substance Abusers to Enter Treatment: Working with Family Members”. Several of his books are also available in Dutch, Finnish, German and Korean. The book “Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading and Threatening” is currently being published in Dutch, Finnish, Japanese and Spanish. Dr. Meyers along with Dr. William Miller have published 2 interactive Journals through the Change Companies for returning war veterans called the Coming Home series.