Academic Advisor - Sara S. Johnson, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President of Research and Product Development
Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc.

Dr. Johnson has been the principal investigator on over $4.5 million in National Institutes of Health grants to examine the effectiveness of Transtheoretical Model-based interventions for medication adherence, weight management, and multiple behavior change interventions (e.g., exercise, healthy eating, and stress management for college students). In addition, she has led teams on numerous private contracts, including outlining best practices in health communication; improving health coaching; and applying the Transtheoretical Model to novel areas such as continuing medical education and promoting financially responsible use of health services. She has also spearheaded efforts to apply the model to personal financial well-being.

Dr. Johnson is currently beginning programs of research in pain self-management and sleep and pioneering efforts to include principles of gaming in Pro-Change’s computer-tailored interventions.Within Pro-Change, Dr. Johnson is responsible for generating and leading the implementation of innovative research and development opportunities as well creating and expanding strategic business alliances. During her nearly 15 years at Pro-Change, she has assumed increasing responsibility for business development.

She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island and has expertise in intervention development, training, grant writing, collaboration with multidisciplinary teams, measurement development, and data analyses. Her primary areas of interest include multiple risk interventions, medication adherence, weight management, smoking cessation, financial well-being, and the application of behavior change theory to the implementation and evaluation of continuing medical education.

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