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The Health and Addictive Behaviors: Investigating Transtheoretical Solutions (HABITS) lab is the psychology research lab of Carlo DiClemente, Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
This lab is dedicated to understanding and examining health behaviors such as smoking, drug addiction, alcoholism, exercise, and eating behaviors. We conduct our research on the basis of the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change in order to better understand how individuals develop different behaviors as well as reduce or stop engaging in those behaviors.
The Transtheoretical Model (TTM; Prochaska & DiClemente, 1983; Prochaska, DiClemente, & Norcross, 1992) is an integrative, biopsychosocial model to conceptualize the process of intentional behavioral change. Whereas other models of behavioral change focus exclusively on certain dimensions of change (e.g., theories focusing mainly on social or biological influences), the TTM seeks to include and integrate key constructs from other theories into a comprehensive theory of change that can be applied to a variety of behaviors, populations, and settings (e.g., treatment settings, prevention and policy-making settings, etc.)