Professor: Dr. James O. Prochaska and Dr. Colleen A. Redding
Prerequisites: PSY 113
Catalog Description: Investigates the relationship between behavior and health; emphasizes the theory and science of health behavior change; explores specific behaviors and behavior change strategies from an individual and public health perspective.
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of Health Psychology. The course will describe the relationships between behavior and health, and it will emphasize the theory and science of health behavior change. The course will explore specific behaviors and behavior change strategies from both an individual and public health perspective. By the end of the semester students will be able to:
This is a team-taught course, which consists of two components: a lecture portion and 2 major assignments. Students must demonstrate their theoretical knowledge of the content via the course exams. Participating faculty lecture in their areas of expertise.
Dr. Prochaska is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and a Clinical Psychologist. His research interests are in the development of a transtheoretical model of behavior change that integrates stages, processes and levels of change. He studies applications of this model to understanding how people change health related behaviors such as smoking, diet, exercise, and safe sex practices and mental health related behaviors, such as alcohol and drug abuse, stress and distress; development of interventions based on this model to accelerate changes in problem behaviors; and development of an integrative model of psychotherapy for eclectic therapists. He currently directs several funded projects through the Cancer Prevention Research Center.
This course is designated to meet the Topics requirement for Psychology majors. Psychology majors are required to take 3 topics courses.