department of psychology

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Wayne Velicer

  • Professor, Co-Director of Cancer Prevention Research Center
  • Behavioral Science
  • Phone: 401.874.4254
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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. His h-index exceeds 70 and his work has been cited more than 32000 times.


Statistics and methodology, measure development and health psychology.


Ph.D., Purdue University, 1972


Velicer, W. F., & Molenaar, P. (2013). Time Series Analysis. In J. Schinka & W. F. Velicer (Eds.),Research Methods in Psychology, 2nd Ed. Volume 2 of Handbook of Psychology (I. B. Weiner, Editor-in-Chief). New York: John Wiley & Sons (pp. 628-660).

Velicer, WF, Brick, LAD, Fava, JL, & Prochaska, JO. (2013). Testing 40 Predictions from the Transtheoretical Model Again, With Confidence. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 48, 220-240.

Honors and Awards

He has been Principal Investigator or Co-PI on more than $100 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. In 2013, he received the Samuel J. Messick Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award (APA). He has published more than 300 papers on a variety of topics in Health Psychology and Behavioral Statistics.

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