South Kingstown, RI – September 25, 2013. James O. Prochaska, PhD, Founder of Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. received the 2013 Outstanding Contribution to Health Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association.

The award honors an individual who has a long and distinguished career of scientific contributions. Prochaska pioneered the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change, an internationally acclaimed program that encourages people to change their behavior in stages to achieve better health and well-being. Over the past 40 years, Prochaska has written and co-written more than 350 publications including three books: Changing for Good, Systems of Psychotherapy: A Transtheoretical Analysis, and The Transtheoretical Approach: Crossing Traditional Boundaries of Therapy.

“James O. Prochaska and his talented colleagues at Pro-Change and at the University of Rhode Island have established a phenomenally productive and successful series of research projects and applications that have changed the field of psychology and transformed the global understanding of the behavioral aspects of health. Their development and application of the Transtheoretical Model has helped people change from risky to healthy behaviors, improving the quality of lives,” stated Winifred E. Brownell, Dean of the College of Arts & Science at the University of Rhode Island.