Evidence-based health and well-being for entire populations.

Consulting, Research, and Development

Our outstanding Ph.D. and M.P.H. researchers are ready to support you in your research and development. We can bring the best that science has to offer to your behavior change needs such as program design and content development.  We can also present and publish together to bring special attention to your services.

We have partnered with several organizations over the years to develop measures, manuals, messaging, evaluation, and training; and to integrate evidence-based behavior change practices in such areas as:

  • Adoption Readiness
  • Advancing Women Scientists
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Continuing Medical Education
  • Diabetes Care
  • End-of-Life Care
  • Engagement
  • Financial Literacy
  • HIV Medication Adherence
  • Marriage Equality
  • Multicultural Literacy
  • Organizational Change
  • Osteoporosis Prevention
  • Patient Education Best Practices
  • Self-Esteem
  • Well-Being
  • Work Performance

Research Examples

One example of our research work was a randomized clinical trial designed to enhance multiple domains of well-being by applying our Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change tailored interventions to increase physical activity and effective stress management. With participants from 39 states who had four health risk behaviors and four chronic conditions, Pro-Change was able to produce significant changes in four risk behaviors in both our telephonic coaching treatment and our online program. The improvements in well-being ( e.g., emotional, physical, and life evaluation) were substantial. The published outcomes provided strong evidence for the effect Pro-Change tailored programs have, not only on health outcomes, but also on well-being.

Another example is a benchmarking case study, where we compared the long-term outcomes of Pro-Change programs integrated into a workplace wellness program. The case study focuses on a national company being served by a partner providing our TTM-tailored digital programs and telephonic coaching. The case study outcomes were compared to two bench marks: 1) The average outcomes in four behaviors (exercise, smoking, healthy eating, and fruits and vegetables) found in a national task force review of 59 health promotion treatment arms from randomized clinical trials (RCTs) and case studies1 and 2) the average outcomes on the same behaviors found in 26 treatment arms from RCT’s using our TTM tailored programs. Surprisingly the case study outcomes out-performed the controlled RCT’s and produced 4 to 16 times greater impact than the average results from 59 treatment arms in the task force’s systematic review.

This published study provides evidence of the effectiveness of Pro-Change programs in real world settings in addition to research studies and allow decision makers to compare outcomes from different wellness providers and can help them to choose high performing programs rather than average programs that produce disappointing outcomes.2

1.Prochaska J.O., Evers K.E. et al. (2012), Enhancing Multiple Domains of Well-Being by Decreasing Multiple Health Risk behaviors–A Randomized Clinical Trial. Population Health Management, 15(5),276-86.

2.Johnson, J.L., Prochaska, J.O., Paiva, A.L., Fernandez, A.C., DeWees, S.L., and Prochaska, J.M. (2013) Advancing Bodies of Evidence for Population-based Health Promotion Programs: Randomized Controlled Trials and Case Studies. Population Health Management, 16 (6), 373-80.