Amanda Gabarda

Contributing Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
B.S. Child Development

Dr. Gabarda received her Doctorate (EdD) in Education in Health and Physical Activity at the University of Pittsburgh. She currently serves as an Adjunct Faculty - Ph.D. Health Education and Promotion. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist, a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach, and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. Dr. Gabarda is currently the Senior Director of Clinical Training & Development at UPMC Health Plan where she is responsible for designing, scaling, and evaluating evidence-based training, quality assurance, and health behavior change interventions for digital, telephonic, and in-person health coaching and care management. Dr. Gabarda’s work focuses on setting a standard of excellence to positively impact health and increase patient/member engagement and activation through coaching and use of Motivational Interviewing. She is passionate about combining coaching and behavior change science to empower individuals to live their best and healthiest lives. Her team provides training for coaches, clinicians and leadership through the Health Coach Academy by UPMC.


EdD, University of Pittsburgh

MS, Walden University

MS, Walden University

BS, Slippery Rock University


Gabarda, A., Butterworth, S., Liang, Q., Beckjord, E. (2023). Pilot Study of a Motivational Interviewing Training on Practitioners’ Skill Set for Patient Centered Communication. American Journal of Health Promotion

Serio, C., Gabarda, A., Uyar-Morency, F., Silfee, V., Ludwig, J., Szigethy, E., Butterworth, S. (2022). Strengthening the Impact of Digital Cognitive Behavioral Interventions Through a Dual Intervention: Proficient Motivational Interviewing–Based Health Coaching Plus In-Application Techniques. JMIR Formative Research

Gabarda, A., Butterworth, S. (2021). Using best practices to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy: The case for the motivational interviewing approach. Health Promotion Practice

Potempa, K., Butterworth, S., Flaherty-Robb, M., Calarco, M., Marriott, D., Ghosh, B., Potempa, K., Gabarda, A., Furspan, P. (2023). The Impact of Nurse Health-Coaching Strategies on Cognitive—Behavioral Outcomes in Older Adults. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Gabarda, A., Parkinson, M., Silfee, V. (2019). An evaluation of lifestyle health coaching programs using trained health coaches and evidence-based curricula at 6 months over 6 years. American Journal of Health Promotion