Professor Emeritus of Behavioral and Social Sciences


Dr. Rakowski (Professor, tenured; Emeritus, 7/1/2015) is a behavioral scientist in The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences in Brown's Public Health Program, and is also a Senior Investigator in The Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research. He has been on the Brown faculty since 1987. His B.A. and M.A. degrees are in Psychology, from the University of Notre Dame ('72, '73), and his Ph.D. is from Penn State in Human Development and Family Studies ('77). Dr. Rakowski's research focuses on behavioral science strategies for cancer control, with an emphasis on utilization of cancer screening procedures. He has extended the Transtheoretical Model ("stages of change") to the study of cancer screening, by both instrument development and the evaluation of individually tailored interventions. He also conducts behavioral epidemiology research on population-level datasets (e.g., NHIS, BRFSS, HINTS), to identify factors correlated with receipt of cancer screening. Dr. Rakowski's most recent investigations address the receipt of regular/repeat cancer screening.

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