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Wayne F. Velicer, Ph.D.

Co-Director, CPRC, URI
Professor of Psychology, URI

Curriculum Vitae

Wayne F. Velicer

Wayne F. Velicer is the Co-Director of the Cancer Prevention Research Center at the University of Rhode Island and Professor of Psychology.

He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Purdue University in 1972. He has published more than 175 papers on a variety of topics in Health Psychology and Behavioral Statistics.

In Health Psychology, his contributions include pioneering the application of computer-based intervention to health promotion and disease prevention.  He is one of the principal developers of the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change.

In Behavioral Statistics, his work has focused on factor analysis and component analysis, pioneered the application of time series analysis to the behavioral sciences, and refined methods for measurement development. He was identified as one of the highest impact authors in Psychology (average citation per paper) by the major studies in 1992, 1996, and 2003.

He has been Principal Investigator or Co-PI on more than $70 million in research grants.  He was a contributing author to the 1990 Surgeon General’s Report and is the Editor of the Research Methods volume of the Handbook of Psychology (Wiley). In 2000, he received the University of Rhode Island Scholarly Excellence Award. 

He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Western Ontario (London, Canada), Macquirie University (Sydney, Australia), the University of Limburg (Maastrich, The Netherlands), the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), the University of Marburg (Marburg, Germany), and the Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Australia).

He is a regular reviewer for more than 15 journals and 6 funding agencies in both the USA and abroad. He has regularly served as an invited speaker for both Behavioral Statistics and Health Psychology topics.