Better Quality of Life
As VP of Clinical Program Development, Allan is tasked with designing clinical innovation across our suite of products and services. He brings over 20 years of expertise in designing clinical intervention models for health behavior change services. Allan is also on the executive board of MINT, an international training organization for motivational interviewing.
☀ What makes Vital Decisions different than other organizations you’ve been a part of?
I’ve found that the company’s willingness to invest in clinical excellence (through initial and ongoing training and coaching, as well as quality monitoring and improvement, at the specialist and supervisor levels) is comparable to that of the rigorous clinical research studies I collaborated on—but unlike in those studies, at Vital Decisions the implementation is done at scale for real-world application. It’s a combination that is unmatched in any organization I am aware of.
☀ What brought you to Vital Decisions?
I first joined Vital Decisions in 2016 as Director of Training. I had spent more than two decades in the departments of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in motivational interviewing (MI) research, practice, and training. When I became aware that Vital Decisions was looking for a Director of Training, I was intrigued. I learned more about the company’s mission and culture, and realized that this was an opportunity to design a large-scale implementation of an MI-based intervention focused on Advance Care Planning and Alignment. I’ve never made a better career decision.
☀ What are some things that have made you successful in your role?
The combination of my clinical trials research experience and my years of service on the board of directors of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) gave me a strong foundation for the clinical and administrative aspects of my role. My success over the past four years, however, owes as much to the team members and colleagues I’ve been fortunate enough to work with and the culture of collaboration that Vital Decisions promotes.
☀ What advice would you give to colleagues looking to progress at Vital Decisions?
I have found that Vital Decisions rewards dedication, flexibility, creative thinking, and commitment to our mission. There is an ethos of focusing on each other’s strengths that helps people find the courage to grow. If you’re willing to stretch beyond your comfort zone, you’ll be given the chance here.