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University of Rhode Island

Project Name:

Increasing Personal Preparedness through Computer Tailored Interventions

Other Research Participants/Partners:

Dr. Andrea Paiva, CPRC, University of Rhode Island; Pam Rubinoff, CRC, University of Rhode Island; Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc.

Project Description:

This project applies the Transtheoretical Model (TTM), a widely used behavior change model developed at the University of Rhode Island and applied successfully to over 40 healthrisk behaviors. Personalized feedback is delivered via multiple media sources, including Internet-based computer tailored intervention programs and individualized text messages. The program is designed for entire at-risk populations, those ready to take action, getting ready, or not ready. One-size-fits-all communications for disaster preparedness have been found to produce only 2% action toward increased preparedness annually. This project’s most recently feasibility study produced results showing 38% of participants moved to be taking action in being prepared for severe storms. This was 19 times greater than the one-size-fits-all approach. Initially three components were chosen as representing disaster preparedness: Being informed, getting a kit, and making plan.

Project Abstract

Research Interests:

Development of Transtheoretical Model of behavior change that integrates stages, processes and levels of change, and interventions based on this model to accelerate changes in problem behaviors; development of an integrative model of psychotherapy for eclectic therapists.


Contact Info:

Phone: (401) 874-2830