The Handbook of Health Behavior Change, Third Edition

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Sally A. Shumaker, PhD, Judith K. Ockene, PhD, MEd, MA, Kristin A. Riekert, PhD
Springer Publishing Company, Sep 23, 2008 - Psychology - 856 pages
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"This work will be the one that students and clinicans keep on their shelves as the gold-standard reference for health behavior change. Summing Up: Essential"


"The third edition of this handbook provides students and practitioners with the most complete and up-to-date resource on contemporary topics in the field of health behavior change." Score: 95, 4 stars


Praise for the second edition: "This handbook sets a standard for conceptually based, empirically validated health behavior change interventions for the prevention and treatment of major diseases. It is an invaluable resource for the field of behavioral medicine as we work toward greater integration of proven health behavior change interventions into evidence-based medical practice."
--Susan J. Curry, PhD, Director, Center for Health Studies, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound; Fellow, Society of Behavioral Medicine

Numerous acute and chronic diseases can be prevented simply by maintaining healthy behavioral patterns. This handbook provides practical and authoritative health management information for both health psychologists and primary care physicians whose clients and patients suffer from health-related issues and risks. The text also serves as a useful resource for policy makers and graduate students studying public health or health psychology.

This new edition of The Handbook of Health Behavior Change provides an updated and expanded view of the factors that influence the adoption of healthy behaviors. The contributors also examine the individual, social, and cultural factors that can inhibit or promote health behavior change.

Key Features:

  • Reviews of past and current models of health behavior change, disease prevention, disease management, and relapse prevention
  • Comprehensive coverage of health-related issues, including dietary needs, tobacco and drug use, safer sexual practices, and stress management
  • Analysis of behavior change within specific populations (young, elderly, cognitively impaired, etc.)
  • Factors that predict or serve as obstacles to lifestyle change and adherence

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Health Behavior Change and Maintenance Theory and Techniques
Interventions for Lifestyle Change
Obstacles and Predictors of Lifestyle Change and Adherence
Lifestyle Change and Adherence Issues Within Specific Populations
Lifestyle Change and Adherence Issues Among Patients With Chronic Diseases
Lifestyle Change and Adherence The Broader Context

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About the author (2008)

Sally A. Shumaker, PhD, is a Tenured Full Professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, and the Department of Internal Medicine, Senior Associate Dean for Research, one of four Directors of the Translational Science Institute, and Director of the Office of Intercampus Program Development at Wake Forest University. She received her PhD in Experimental Social Psychology from the University of Michigan, and completed postdoctoral training in health and environmental psychology, and epidemiology at the University of California, Irvine and UCLA. In addition to her training in the behavioral and social sciences, Dr. Shumaker is formally trained in negotiations, executive coaching and mediation. She conducts workshops and training in these areas for the Association of American Medical College and other national groups, and is a faculty advisor to senior faculty at academic health centers in the United States and Canada.

Judith K. Ockene, PhD, MEd, M, is Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School. She holds the Barbara Helen Smith Chair in Preventive and Behavioral Medicine and is Associate Vice Provost for Gender and Equity. Dr. Ockene is the recipient of numerous NIH grants funding research in the prevention of illness and disability and the promotion of health and quality of life for individuals and communities. Much of her work has focused on the risk behaviors of tobacco, alcohol, and diet. She teaches medical, graduate, public health students and clinicians how to help patients make lifestyle changes. She has over 180 publications and was a scientific editor of two Surgeon General's Reports on Smoking and Health. Dr. Ockene has received several school, state, and national mentoring awards, including the Society of Behavioral Medicine Distinguished Mentor Award in 2009, the Katharine F. Erskine Mentoring Award for Women in Medicine & Science in 2008, and the UMMS Women's Faculty Committee Mentor Award in 2006. Dr. Ockene is a past member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and past President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. She is coeditor of the third edition of The Handbook of Health Behavior Change.

Kristin A. Riekert, PhD, is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University and Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Adherence Research Center (JHARC). Dr. Riekert is Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on several NIH and foundation-sponsored intervention trials focused on improving adherence and health outcomes in cystic fibrosis, asthma, chronic kidney disease, sickle cell disease and secondhand smoke reduction. She is co-editor of the third edition of The Handbook of Health Behavior Change.

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