Empowering people to optimize well-being

RUNNING THE NUMBERS: Pro-Change Behavior Systems Inc. co-CEO and co-President Kerry Evers, center, reviews the clinically validated results on behavior change with Dave Armitage, left, vice president of businesss management and development, and Deborah Van Marter, director of client relations.
PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS
RUNNING THE NUMBERS: Pro-Change Behavior Systems Inc. co-CEO and co-President Kerry Evers, center, reviews the clinically validated results on behavior change with Dave Armitage, left, vice president of businesss management and development, and Deborah Van Marter, director of client relations.
PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

2019 PBN Innovative Companies: Health & Wellness
Pro-Change Behavior Systems Inc.


SINCE ITS FOUNDING in 1997 by behavior-change science pioneer James Prochaska, Pro-Change Behavior Systems Inc. has worked diligently to empower people to experience life-changing behavioral breakthroughs.

The company has grown from just three employees to a team of 15 and has received more than $20 million in federally funded research grants. In addition, Pro-Change has twice earned certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance for its Health Risk Intervention and Self-Management Tools.

“Pro-Change continually strives to raise the bar on the application of behavior-change science,” said Kerry Evers, co-CEO and co-president, who has a doctorate in experimental psychology. “We challenge ourselves to delve into new content areas, leverage new technologies and content-delivery channels, weave in additional communication frameworks, and partner with collaborators with complementary expertise to advance the evidence and address unmet needs.”

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The Lupus Foundation of America, via a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently awarded Pro-Change a grant to develop an innovative self-management program for adults dealing with lupus. The company just completed research and development of an interactive, online self-management program that delivers tailored behavior-change messaging to promote key behaviors associated with successful lupus self-management and patient activation.

In addition, Pro-Change successfully collaborated with the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative in Rhode Island on HealthCoach for Me, which has made evidence-based behavior-change tools available to both patients and clinicians at six practices throughout the state.

“Everyone has struggled with a behavior change – for themselves, a loved one, a friend, or their organization,” said Sara Johnson, co-CEO and co-president who has a doctorate in clinical psychology. “We leverage insights from decades of applying behavior change science to assist individuals and organizations on their journeys to optimizing well-being.”

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