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.
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.
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.
Presentations and Reports:
In the News:
Prepare or Panic: URI Professor’s Advice for Addressing a Global Pandemic and the Climate Crisis
URI faculty collaborate to prepare Rhode Islanders for hurricanes, other big storms
Westerly High School students are the first in the state to take part in a new URI emergency preparedness program
Dr. Prochaska explains his project: