B.S. Biomedical Science, Texas A&M University, 2002
M.P.H. Social & Behavioral Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, 2004
Dr.P.H. Social & Behavioral Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, 2009
Dr. Prochaska is a public health researcher with primary research and teaching interests in identifying the social and physical environmental determinants, correlates, and causes of health and quality of life at the community and neighborhood levels and on developing evidence-based responses to these drivers to improve population-level indicators of health within targeted communities. He utilizes a community-focused, participatory, and action-oriented philosophy to developing research questions and relies on translational research principles when developing potential responses.
Dr. Prochaska’s application of systems thinking, health impact assessment methods, dissemination and implementation science, community health development principles, cumulative risk paradigms, and geographic information systems mapping, coupled with a variety of analytical approaches and multidisciplinary skill sets, provides for a broad understanding of public health concerns. Further, by engaging in partnership with local experts and collaborating with diverse teams of academic researchers, such efforts tend to more accurately reflect on-the-ground conditions and local concerns, and leads to more contextually appropriate intervention strategies, increased sense of local ownership, greater odds of measurable population health improvements, and sustained collaboration with community residents and other key stakeholders. Dr. Prochaska currently teaches PHS 6015 – Foundations in Public Health, and PHS 6213 – Translational Epidemiology 2 (which focuses on dissemination and implementation research theory and methods).