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

Kerry E. Evers, Ph.D.

Co-President & CEO


Dr. Evers leads projects focusing on the development and dissemination of tailored interventions, methods to increase their impact, and approaches for integrating them into population based systems. These programs focus on a variety of behaviors including lifestyle management, well-being, stress management, bullying prevention, substance abuse avoidance, and unwanted pregnancy prevention.

In July 2011, Dr. Evers was named one of Rhode Island’s top business people in the annual “40 Under Forty” feature in Providence Business News (PBN) based on her career success and community involvement. She obtained Pro-Change’s first SBIR funding from NIH in 1998, and has been integral in the awarding and implementation of many of Pro-Change’s major corporate contracts including its largest with Healthways. She also led two contracts from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examining the use of the Internet for behavior change, led the work with the Channing Bete Company for school-based programs and led contracts with several businesses in England, the Netherlands and Israel. In 2009 she was one of 20 experts invited by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Monitor Institute to participate in the “Forum on the Future Impact of Neuroscience and Behavior Change.”

Dr. Evers has close to 40 publications including refereed research publications, book chapters, and published reports. She has been invited to speak at close to 100 meetings and conferences in the U.S. and in over 10 countries including South Africa, Thailand, Australia, and several in Europe. She is a skilled public speaker, able to convey complex scientific research into easily understood and practical applications for her audience.

Dr. Evers, who holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Rhode Island, is adjunct faculty at URI, an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Health Promotion, and is actively involved in the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the International Society of Behavioral Medicine. She also serves on the Board of Directors for South Kingstown CARES, a non-profit volunteer organization.

In 2008, Dr. Evers was selected by the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense as one of 50 leaders from across the country to participate in the 76th Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC).In 2009 she received an invitation from the Secretary of the Air Force to attend the 56th Annual National Security Forum (NSF) at the Air War College.



Prochaska, J.O., Evers, K.E., Castle, P.H., Johnson, J.L., Prochaska, J.M., Rula, E.Y., Coberley, C., & Pope, J.E. (In press). Enhancing multiple domains of well-being by decreasing multiple health risk behaviors: A randomized clinical trial. Population Health Management.

Jordan, P., Evers, K., Burke, K., King, L., & Nigg, C. (2011). A computerized, tailored intervention to address behaviors associated with PTSD in veterans: Rationale and design of STR2IVE. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 1, 595-604.

Prochaska, J.O., Evers, K.E., Johnson, J.L., Castle, P.H., Prochaska, J.M., Sears, L.E., Rula, E.Y., & Pope, J.E. (2011). The Well-being Assessment for Productivity: A well-being approach to presenteeism. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 53, 735-742.

Johnson, SS, Cummins, C.O., Evers, K.E., Prochaska, J.M., Prochaska, J.O. (2009). Proactive health consumerism: An important new tool for worksite health promotion. American Journal of Health Promotion, 23, S1-S8.

Evers, K.E., Prochaska, J.O., Van Marter, D.F., Johnson, J.L., & Prochaska, J.M. (2007). Transtheoretical-Based Bullying Prevention Effectiveness Trials In Middle Schools and High Schools. Educational Research, 49(4), 397-414.

Prochaska, J.M., Prochaska, J.O., & Evers, K.E. (in press). Stress management using the transtheoretical model. Stress Management, edited by Koji Takenaka. To be published in Japan by Yumani.

Prochaska, J.O., Evers, K.E., Prochaska, J.M., Van Marter, D., & Johnson, J.L. (2007) Efficacy and effectiveness trials: examples from smoking cessation and bullying prevention. Journal of Health Psychology, 12(1), 170-178.

Wallace, L.M., Evers, K.E., Wareing, H., Dunn, O.M., Newby, K., Paiva, A., & Johnson, J.L. (2007). Informing school sex education using the stages of change construct: sexual behaviour and attitudes towards sexual activity and condom use of children aged 13-16 in England. Journal of Health Psychology, 12(1), 179-183.

Evers, K.E., Prochaska, J.O., Johnson, J.L., Mauriello, L.M, Padula, J.A., & Prochaska, J.M. (2006). A Randomized Clinical Trial of a Population and Transtheoretical-Based Stress Management Intervention. Health Psychology, 25 (4), 521-529.

Johnson, J.L., Evers, K.E., Paiva, A.L., Van Marter, D.F., Prochaska, J.O., Prochaska, J.M., Mauriello, L.M., Cummins, C.O., Padula, J.A. (2006). Prevention profiles: Understanding youth who do not use substances. Addictive Behaviors, 31(9), 1593-1606.

Evers, K.E. (2006). eHealth Promotion: The use of the internet for health promotion. American Journal of Health Promotion, 20(4):suppl 1-7, iii.

Evers K.E., Cummins C.O., Prochaska J.O., & Prochaska J.M. (2005). Online Health Behavior and Disease Management Programs: Are We Ready for Them? Are They Ready for Us? Journal of Medical Internet Research 7(3), e27.

Evers, K.E. (2004). The use of the Transtheoretical Model with adolescents: Issues, interventions, and outcomes. In S. Keller & W.F. Velicer (Eds.), Research on the Transtheoretical Model: Where are we now, where are we going? (pp. 44-47). Lengerich, Germany: Pabst Science Publishers.

Cummins, C.O., Evers, K.E., Johnson, J.L., Paiva, A. Prochaska, J.O., & Prochaska, J.M., (2004). Assessing stage of change and informed decision making for Internet participation for health promotion and disease management. Managed Care Interface, 17(8), 27-32.

Evers, K.E., Prochaska, J.M., Prochaska, J.O., Driskell, M.M., Cummins, C.O., & Velicer, W.F. (2003). Strengths and weaknesses of health behavior change programs on the Internet. Journal of Health Psychology, 8(1), 63-71.

Cummins, C.O., Prochaska, J.O., Driskell, M.M., Evers, K.E., Wright, J.A., Prochaska, J.M., Velicer, W.F. (2003). Development of review criteria to evaluate health behavior change websites. Journal of Health Psychology, 8(1), 55-63.

Redding, C.A., Prochaska, J.O., Pallonen, U.E., Rossi, J.S., Velicer, W.F., Rossi, S.R., Greene, G.W., Meier, K.S., Evers, K.E., Plummer, BA, & Maddock, JE. (1999) Transtheoretical individualized multimedia expert systems targeting adolescents’ health behaviors. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 6, 144-153.

Evers, K.E., Harlow, L.L., Redding, C.A., & LaForge, R.G. (1998). Longitudinal changes in stages of change for condom use in women. American Journal of Health Promotion, 13 (1), 19-25.

Evers, K.E., Bishop, C.H., Gerhan, L.S., & Weisse, C.S. (1997). AIDS educator effectiveness as a function of sexual orientation and HIV status. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 27 (10), 902-914.

Book Chapters

Johnson, S.S., Cummins, C.O., & Evers, K.E. (2008). The impact of Transtheoretical Model-based multiple behavior interventions on nutrition. In N.E. Bernhardt & A.M. Kasko (Eds.) Nutrition for Middle-Aged and Elderly (pp.195-212). Hauppauge: Nova Science Publishers.

Redding, C.A., Velicer, W.F., Evers, K.E., Prochaska, J.O. (2007). Preventing Postpartum Relapse: Some New Approaches to Meeting the Challenge. In Hannover, W., Roske, K., & Thyrian, J.R. (Eds.) Smoking Cessation and relapse Prevention in Women Post Partum. Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers.

Prochaska, J.M., Prochaska, J.O., Evers, K.E., & Tsuda, A. (2006). Transtheoretical-based expert systems guiding youth to have healthier, less stressful lives. In Tsuda, A., Ohya, Y, & Tanno, Y. eds., Clinical Stress Psychology, Tokyo: University of Tokyo. (Written in Japanese).

Prochaska, J.M., Prochaska, J.O., Evers, K.E., & Tsuda, A. (2006, in press). Proactive Home-based stress management using the Transtheoretical model. In Tsuda, A.& Prochaska, J.O., eds., Modern Esprit, special issue for New Practice of Stress Management, Tokyo: Shibundo. (written in Japanese).

Prochaska, J.O., Redding, C.A., & Evers, K. (2002). The Transtheoretical Model and Stages of Change. In K. Glanz, B.K. Rimer & F.M. Lewis, (Eds.) Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice (3rd Ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, Inc.

Burkholder, G.J., & Evers, K.E. (2001). Application of the Transtheoretical Model to Several Problem Behaviors. In P. M. Burbank & D. Riebe (Eds.) Promoting Exercise and Behavior Change in Older Adults: Interventions with the Transtheoretical Model. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company, Inc.