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

Deborah A. Levesque, Ph.D.

Chief Science Officer


Dr. Levesque leads projects and NIH-funded research focusing on the development and testing of TTM-based interventions targeting a range of social and mental health problems, including: teen dating violence prevention and bullying prevention among high school students; partner violence desistance among domestic violence offenders; depression prevention and management among adults who are unlikely to seek formal treatment; and delinquency and substance abuse prevention among court-involved youth. Additional areas of research include resistance to change, informed decision-making, doctor-patient collaboration in care, pain management, and strategies for delivering one-on-one TTM-based coaching and counseling with fidelity.

Dr. Levesque received her Bachelor’s degree from Williams College, Master’s degree from Mount Holyoke College, and her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. While at URI she trained with experts on the TTM as a graduate student and post-doctoral research fellow at the Cancer Prevention Research Center. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Rhode Island.



Jane Timmons-Mitchell, D. A. Levesque, Leon A. Harris III, Daniel J. Flannery, and Tatiana Falcone (2016). Pilot Test of StandUp, an Online School Based Bullying Prevention Program. National Association of Social Workers – Children & Schools Volume 38, Number 2, 71-79.

Levesque, D. A. , Johnson, J. L., Welch, C. A., Prochaska, J. M., & Paiva, A. L. (2016). Teen dating violence prevention: Cluster-randomized trial of Teen Choices, an online, stage-based program for healthy, nonviolent relationships. Psychology of Violence, 6, 421-432.

Levesque, D. A., Johnson, J. L., Welch, C. A., Prochaska, J. M., & Fernandez, A. C. (2012). Computer-tailored intervention for juvenile offenders. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 12, 391-411.

Levesque, D. A. , Ciavatta, M. M., Castle, P. H., Prochaska, J. M., & Prochaska, J. O. (2012). Evaluation of a stage-based, computer-tailored adjunct to usual care for domestic violence offenders. Psychology of Violence, 2, 368-384.

Levesque, D.A., Van Marter, D.F., Schneider, R.J., Bauer, M.R, Goldberg, D.N., Prochaska, J.O., & Prochaska, J.M. (2011). Randomized trial of a computer-tailored intervention for patients with depression. American Journal of Health Promotion, 26, 77-89.

Levesque, D. A., Driskell, M. M., Prochaska, J. M., & Prochaska, J. O. (2008). Acceptability of a stage-matched expert system intervention for domestic violence offenders. Violence and Victims, 23, 432-445.

Levesque, D. A., Velicer, W. F., Castle, P. H., & Greene, R. N. (2008). Resistance Among Domestic Violence Offenders: Measurement Development and Initial Validation. Violence Against Women, 14, 158-184.

Levesque, D.A., Cummins, C.O., Prochaska, J.M., & Prochaska, J.O. (2006). Randomized trial of stage-based interventions for informed Medicare choices. Health Care Financing Review

Levesque, D.A., Cummins, C.O., Prochaska, J.M., & Prochaska, J.O. (2006). Stage of change for making an informed decision about Medicare health plans. Health Services Research, 41, 1372-1391.

Mannock, T.J., Levesque, D.A., & Prochaska, J.M. (2002). Assessing readiness of clients with disabilities to engage in job seeking behaviors. Journal of Rehabilitation, 68, 16-23.

Prochaska, J.O., & Levesque, D.A. (2002). Enhancing motivation of offenders at each stage of change and phase of therapy (pp. 57-73). In M. McMurran (ed). Motivating offenders to change: A guide to enhancing engagement in therapy. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Levesque, D.A., Prochaska, J.O., Cummins, C.O., Terrell, S., & Miranda, D. (2001). Assessing Medicare Beneficiaries’ Readiness to Make Informed Health Plan Choices. Health Care Financing Review, 23, 87-104.

Levesque, D.A., Prochaska, J.M., Prochaska, J.O., Dewart, S.R., Hamby, L.S., & Weeks, W.B. (2001). Organizational stages and processes of change for continuous quality improvement in healthcare. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 53, 139-153.

Prochaska, J.M., Levesque, D.A., Prochaska, J.O., Dewart, S.R., & Wing, G.R. (2001). Mastering change: A core competency for employees. Brief Treatment & Crisis Intervention.

Prochaska, J.M., Prochaska, J.O., & Levesque, D.A. (2001). A transtheoretical approach to changing organizations. Administration and Policy in Mental Health, 28, 247-261.

Robbins, M.L., Levesque, D.A., Redding, C.A., Johnson, J.L., Prochaska, J.O., Rohr, M.S. & Peters, T.G. (2001). Assessing family members’ motivational readiness and decision making for consenting to cadaveric organ donation. Journal of Health Psychology, 6, 523-535.

Levesque, D.A., Gelles, R.J., & Velicer, W.F. (2000). Development and validation of a stages of change measure for men in batterer treatment. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 24, 175-199.

Laforge, R. G., Rossi, J. S., Prochaska, J.O., Velicer, W.F., Levesque, D.A., & McHorney, C. A. (1999). Stage of regular exercise and health-related quality of life. Preventive Medicine, 28, 349-360.

Levesque, D.A., Prochaska, J.M., and Prochaska, J.O. (1999). Stages of change and integrated service delivery. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 51, 226-241.

Laforge, R. C., Velicer, W. F., Levesque, D.A., Fava, J. L., Hill, D. J., Scholfeld, P. E., Fau, D., De Vries, H., Shisana, W.O., & Conner, M. (1998). Measuring support for tobacco control policies in six countries. Tobacco Control, 7, 241-246.

Velicer, W. F., Laforge, R. G., Levesque, D.A., & Fava, J. L. (1994). The development and initial validation of the Smoking Policy Inventory. Tobacco Control, 3, 347-355.