James O. Prochaska, Ph.D.

The 1995 DeHaan Lecture was given by
James O. Prochaska, Ph.D.

Opening Remarks by

Dr. James O. Prochaska
Professor of Psychology, University of Rhode Island

April 3, 1995
Rollins School of Public Health

James O. Prochaska, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Rhode Island where he is involved in teaching, research and supervision in clinical and health psychology. He is the Director of the Self-Change Laboratory and the Director of the Rhode Island Cancer Prevention Research Consortium, both at the University of Rhode Island.

Dr. Prochaska is probably best known for creating the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Changes in the 1970's. His research with Dr. Carlo C. DiClemente and Dr. John C. Norcross has expanded this model, often called the Stages of Change theory, and applied it to change of smoking behavior and other significant health problems. In addition, Dr. Prochaska has authored and co-authored numerous books and scientific articles on the subject of behavior change.

Dr. Prochaska's research has been instrumental in changing how health professionals understand and implement educational programs to modify high risk health behaviors. His model for self-change has been applied in programs sponsored by organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Cancer Institute, the National Institute for Drug Abuse, Johnson & Johnson, and the National Health Service of Great Britain.