department of psychology

306 Chafee Hall, 142 Flagg Road, Kingston, RI 02881

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Robert Laforge

  • Professor, Director of the Behavioral Science Program
  • Behavioral Science
  • Phone: 401.874.5571
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  • Mailing Address: 48W CPRC Building


Behavioral epidemiology with specific emphasis in harm reduction approaches to substance abuse, biostatistical methods, survey research and cancer epidemiology. Grants in college student drinking and alcohol harm reduction in the general public.


Sc.D. 1987, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health


Wood, MD, Fairlie, A, Fernandez, A, Borsari, B. Capone, C, Laforge, RG, Carmona-Barros, R. Brief Motivational and Parent Interventions For College Students: A Randomized Factorial Study J. Consulting and Clinical Psychology (In Press).

Lavigne AM, Witt CF, Wood MD, Laforge R, DeJong W. Predictors of college student support for alcohol control policies and stricter enforcement strategies. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2008;34(6):749-59

Sun, X., Prochaska, JO, Velicer, WF, Laforge, RG Transtheoretical principles and processes for quitting smoking: a 24-month comparison of a representative sample of quitters, relapsers, and non-quitters. Addict Behav. 2007;32,:2707-26

Wood, MD, Capone CA., Laforge, R., Erickson, DJ. & Brand, NH. Brief motivational intervention and alcohol expectancy challenge with heavy drinking college students: A randomized factorial study Addictive Behaviors 32 (2007) 2509–2528.

Keller, S, Maddock, JE, Laforge, RG, Velicer, WF. Binge drinking and health behaviour in German medical students. Addictive Behaviors, 32 (2007) 505–515.

Doucet, JM., Velicer, WF., Laforge, RG. (2007). Demographic differences in support for smoking policy interventions. Addictive Behaviors, 32, 148–157.

Laforge, RG, Baer, J., Bosari, B. (2005). Utility of Collateral Informant Assessment in College Alcohol Research: Results from a Longitudinal Prevention Trial. J. Stud. Alcohol 66: 479-487, 2005.

Prochaska, J.O., Velicer W.F., Redding, C.A., Rossi, J.S., Goldstein, M., DePue, J., Greene, G.W., Rossi, S.R., Sun, X., Fava, J.L., Laforge, R., Rakowski, W. & Plummer, B.A. (2005). Stage-based Expert Systems to Guide A Population of Primary Care Patients to Quit Smoking, Eat Healthier, Prevent Skin Cancer and Receive Regular Mammograms. Prev Med. Aug;41(2):406-16, 2005.

Saunders, J. B., Kypri, K., Walters, S. T., Laforge, R. G., & Larimer, M. E. Approaches to brief interventions for hazardous drinking in young people. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. Feb;28(2):322-9, 2004

Prochaska, J.O., Velicer, W.F., Rossi, J.S., Redding, C.A., Greene, G.W., Rossi, S.R., Sun, X., Fava, J.L, Laforge, R., & Plummer, B.A. Multiple risk expert systems interventions: Impact of simultaneous stage-matched expert system interventions for smoking, high fat diet, and sun exposure in a population of parents. Health Psychology, 23, 503–516, 2004.

Noar, SM, Laforge, RG, Maddock, JE, & Wood, MD. Rethinking Positive and Negative Aspects of Alcohol Use: Suggestions from a Comparison of Alcohol Expectancies and Decisional Balance, Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 2003: 64(1); 60-69.

Linnan, LA, Emmons, KM, Klar, N, Laforge, RG, Fava, JF, and Abrams, DB. Paradigm Lost or Paradigm Found? Embracing Realities and Moving Forward: Rejoinder to “Comment on challenges to improving the impact of worksite cancer prevention programs: Paradigm Lost?” Annals of Behavioral Medicine;, 26(3): 222-22, 2003.

Linnan, LA, Emmons, KM, Klar, N, Fava, JF, Laforge, RG, and Abrams, DB. Challenges to improving the impact of worksite cancer prevention programs: comparing reach, enrollment, and attrition using active and passive recruitment strategies. Annals of Behavioral Medicine; 24(2):157-166), 2002.

Prochaska, JO, Velicer, WF, Fava, JL, Ruggiero, L, Laforge, RG, & Rossi, JS. Counselor and Stimulus Control Enhancements of a Stage-Matched System Intervention for Smokers in a Managed Care Setting. Preventive Medicine, 2001: 32:23-32.

Maddock, JE., Laforge, RG. & Rossi, JS. Short Form of a Situational Temptation Scale for Heavy Episodic Drinking. Journal of Substance Abuse, 2000:11(3):281-288.

Velicer, WF, Prochaska, JO., Fava, JL, Rossi, JS., Redding, CS, Laforge, RG., Robbins, ML. Using the Transtheoretical Model for Population based Approaches to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Homestasis in Health and Disease, 2000: 40(5); 174-195.

Maddock, JE., Laforge, RG., Rossi, JS. & O’Hare, T. The College Alcohol Problems Scale. Addictive Behaviors. 26: 385-398, 2000.

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