department of kinesiology

25 Independence Way, Kingston, RI 02881

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Bryan Blissmer

  • Professor, Interim Director of Institute for Integrated Health and Innovation
  • Psychosocial/Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity
  • Phone: 401.874.5435
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  • Mailing Address: Independence Square, Room 209


Dr. Bryan Blissmer’s research focuses on delivering theoretically based interventions to promote a healthy lifestyle as well as analysis of the psychosocial outcomes of those interventions. This research involves collaboration with faculty in Psychology and Nutrition and has included populations ranging from adolescents to older adults. His current research has focused on continuing to evolve the emerging field of multiple behavior change though a variety of grants.


Physical activity promotion; Health behavior theory; Psychosocial outcomes of PA engagement; Multiple behavior change


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Kinesiology (Exercise Psychology), 2000
  • M.S., Miami (Ohio) University, Health Appraisal & Enhancement, 1997
  • B.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Kinesiology, 1996



Yusufov, M., Paiva, A. L., Redding, C. A., Lipschitz, J. M., Gokbayrak, N. S., Greene, G. W., Rossi, J. S., Blissmer, B., Velicer, W. F., Prochaska, J. O. Fat Reduction Efforts: A 24-Month Longitudinal Comparison of a Large Sample of Maintainers, Relapsers, and Non-Changers. (in press). Health Promotion Practice.

Yusufov, M., Rossi, J.S., Redding, C.A., Yin, H.Q., Paiva, A. L., Velicer, W.F., Greene, G.W., Blissmer, B., Robbins, M.L., & Prochaska, J.O. (2015). Transtheoretical model constructs’ longitudinal prediction of sun protection over 24 months. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. doi 10.1007/s12529-015-9498-7.

Lamont, L.S., Bobb, J., Blissmer, B., & Desai, V. (2015). Pretest variables that improve the predictive value of exercise testing in women. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness.

Gokbayrak, N.S., Paiva, A.L., Blissmer, B. J., & Prochaska, J.O. (2015). Predictors of relapse among smokers: Transtheoretical effort variables, demographics, and smoking severity. Addictive Behaviors

Schembre, S.M., Durand, C.P., Blissmer, B.J., & Greene, G.W. (2014). Development and validation of the Cognitive Behavioral Physical Activity Questionnaire. American Journal of Health Promotion.

O’Donnell, S., Greene, G.W., & Blissmer, B. (2014). The effect of goal setting on fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity level in a web-based intervention. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior,1-6.

Fiske, L., Fallon, E.A., Blissmer, B., & Redding, C.A. (2014). Prevalence of body dissatisfaction among United States adults: Review and recommendations for future research. Eating Behaviors, 15: 357-365.

Greene, G.W., Redding, C.A., Prochaska, J.O., Paiva, A.L., Rossi, J.S., Velicerm W.F., Blissmer, B., & Robbins, M.L. (2013). Baseline transtheoretical and dietary behavioral predictors of dietary fat moderation over 12 and 24 months. Eating Behaviors, 14: 255-262.

Yin, H.Q., Prochaska, J.O., Rossi, J.S., Redding, C.A., Paiva, A.L., Blissmer, B., Velicer, W.F., Johnson, S.S., & Kobayashi, H. (2013). Treatment-enhanced paired action contributes substantially to change across multiple health behaviors: secondary analyses of five randomized trials. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 3(1): 62-71.

Velicer, W.F., Redding, C.A., Paiva, A.L., Mauriello, L.M., Blissmer, B., Oatley, K., Meier, K.S., Babbin, S.F., McGee, H., Prochaska, J.O., Burditt, C., & Fernandez, A.C. (2013). Multiple behavior interventions to prevent substance abuse and increase energy balance behaviors in middle school students. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 3(1): 82-93.

Greene, G.W., White, A.A., Hoerr, S.L., Lohse, B. Schembre, S.M., Riebe, D., Patterson, J., Kattelman, K.K., Shoff, S. Horaceck, T., Blissmer, B., & Phillips, B.W. (2012). Impact of an online healthful eating and physical activity program for college students. American Journal of Health Promotion, 27(2), 47-58.

Paiva, A.L., Prochaska, J.O., Yin, H.Q., Rossi, J.S., Redding, C.A., Blissmer, B., Robbins, M.L.,Velicer, W.F., Lipschitz, J., Amoyal, N., Babbin, S.F., Blaney, C.L., Sillice, M.A., Fernandez, A., McGee, H., & Horiuchi, S. (2012). Treated individuals who progress to action or maintenance for one behavior are more likely to make similar progress on another behavior: coaction results of a pooled data analysis of three trials. Preventive Medicine, 54(5): 331-334.

Blaney, C. L., Robbins, M. L., Paiva, A. L., Redding, C. A., Rossi, J. S., Blissmer, B., Burditt, C., & Oatley, K. (2012). Validation of the measures of the Transtheoretical Model for exercise in an adult African American sample. American Journal of Health Promotion, 26(5): 317-326.

Redding CA, Prochaska JO, Paiva A, Rossi JS, Velicer WF, Blissmer B, Greene GW, Robbins M, & Sun, X. (2011). Baseline Stage, Severity and Effort Effects Differentiate Stable Smokers from Maintainers and Relapsers. Substance Use & Misuse, 46(13): 1664-1674. (doi: 10.3109/10826084.2011.565853).

Garber, C.E., Blissmer, B., Deschenes, M.R., LaMonte, M.J., Lee, I-M., Nieman, D.C., Swain, D.P. & Franklin, B.A. (2011). The Quantity and Quality of Exercise for Developing and Maintaining Cardiorespiratory, Musculoskeletal, and Neuromotor Fitness in Apparently Healthy Adults: Guidance for Health and Fitness Professionals on Prescribing Exercise. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 43, 1334-1359.

Grinnell, S., Greene, G., Melanson, K., Blissmer, B., Lofgren, I.E. (2011). Anthropometric and behavioral measures related to mindfulness in college students. Journal of American College Health, 59(6): 539-545.

Greene, G.W., Schembre, S.M., White, A.A., Hoerr, S.L., Lohse, B., Shoff, S., Horacek, T., Riebe, D., Patterson, J., Phillips, B.W., Kattleman, K.K., & Blissmer, B. (2011).  Identifying clusters of college students at elevated health risk based on eating and exercise behaviors and psychosocial determinants of body weight.  Journal of the American Dietetics Association, 111(3): 394-400.

Clark, P. G., Blissmer, B. J., Greene, G. W., Lees, F. D., Riebe, D. A., & Stamm, K. E. Maintaining exercise and healthful eating in older adults: the SENIOR project II: study design and methodology. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 32(1): 129-139.

Blissmer, B., Prochaska, J.O., Velicer, W.F., Redding, C.A., Rossi, J.S., Greene, G.W., Paiva, A., & Robbins, M. (2010). Common factors predicting long-term changes in multiple health behaviors. Journal of Health Psychology, 15(2):205-14.

Barte, J. C., ter Bogt, N. C., Bogers, R. P., Teixeira, P. J., Blissmer, B., Mori, T. A., et al. (2010). Maintenance of weight loss after lifestyle interventions for overweight and obesity, a systematic review. Obesity Reviews, 11(12): 899-906.

Colberg, S. R., Sigal, R. J., Fernhall, B., Regensteiner, J. G., Blissmer, B. J., Rubin, R. R., et al.(2010). Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes: The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Diabetes Association: joint position statement. Diabetes Care, 33(12): e147-167.


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