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Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD

Professor and Chair
Department of Psychology, University of Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland

Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD, is Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. DiClemente is internationally recognized as co-creator (with James Prochaska, PhD) of the Transtheoretical Model of Change, a model that identifies stages of change and other factors that predict treatment outcomes and allows many more people to enter treatment programs at earlier stages of readiness.

The Transtheoretical Model recognizes that behavior change involves a process; previous theories saw change as equaling action, and only measured success if someone stopped smoking or abusing alcohol. The model has revolutionized substance abuse prevention and treatment and has been adopted around the world.

DiClemente is the author of more than 140 publications and currently has a book in press, Addiction and Change: How Addictions Develop and Addicted People Recover. Having served as a consulting reviewer for many peer-reviewed journals, DiClemente is currently on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Health Psychology, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, and Health Education Research. He has been principal or co-investigator on 25 grant-funded research projects including four current projects, which are funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Cancer Institute, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and National Institute of Child Health Development.

DiClemente was recently named Researcher of the Year by the Maryland Psychological Association and has received the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Contribution Award from Division 50. He was a contributor to the Surgeon General's 1990 Report on Smoking and Health, has chaired the Project Match Steering and Publication Committees, and recently chaired The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Smoke Free Families Project Publication Committee.

DiClemente received his AB degree Cum Laude in Philosophy and Social Sciences from St. Mary's University (Baltimore, MD), and an STB degree in Theology from Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. He received an MA in Personality and Social Psychology from the New School for Social Research (New York, NY), and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. He completed an APA-approved Clinical Psychology Internship and a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Texas Research Institute of Mental Sciences (Houston). He received a diploma in Clinical Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Prior to joining the University of Maryland in 1995, DiClemente held appointments with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas Medical School, Texas Research Institute of Mental Sciences, and Human Resources Institute of Boston, among others. He began his career as Assistant Pastor with the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware.

DiClemente is one of five individuals selected to receive The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Innovators Combating Substance Abuse award in 2002.

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