Theories and Techniques of Behavior Change Interventions

Senior Co-Chair: Susan Czajkowski, PhD
Senior Co-Chair: Paul Branscum, PhD
Junior Co-Chair: Jaclyn Maher, PhD
Junior Co-Chair: Alison Phillips


Most behavior change interventions are complex, comprised of many component behavior change techniques. To date, there has been no shared language for describing intervention content, especially the "active ingredients" of behavior change interventions. By contrast, biomedical interventions are precisely specified. There is also increasing recognition of the importance of developing theory-based interventions and determining which theoretically-driven behavior change techniques are most effective. The Theories and Techniques of Behavior Change Interventions special interest group (SIG) was formed in 2011 with the aim of improving the specification of behavior change intervention content in practice and evaluation, and the goal of fostering collaboration across disciplines to advance behavioral science.


The Theories and Techniques of Behavior Change Interventions (TTBCI) group is interdisciplinary, composed of researchers, clinicians and educators who share the common goal of developing methods that will improve the design and evaluation of behavior change interventions. We aim to promote research, education, training, mentoring, clinical and public health practice, and policy development in the area of behavior change interventions. To meet these aims, we seek opportunities to partner with other SIGs and engage in scientific discourse that will draw attention to, and ultimately improve, the effectiveness of behavior change interventions.

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Annual SBM Conference Breakfast Meeting Minutes

April 2014
April 2013

The TTBCI SIG's Top 10 List of 2015

Leaders of the TTBCI SIG recently reviewed all of the articles published in either Annals of Behavioral Medicine or Translational Behavioral Medicine in 2015, and identified a list of the Top 10 Best and Most Relevant Articles to Theories and Techniques of Behavior Change Interventions.

Relevant Articles

If you have published an article that is relevant here, or have come across one that you found especially helpful, please contact Gina Merchant at for posting. We aim to post articles that address the application of theory to interventions and/or investigate component behavior change techniques, as well as conceptual/methods papers that review/comment on the state of the science.

Michie, S. & Johnston, M. (2012). Theories and techniques of behavior change: Developing a cumulative science of behavior change. Health Psychology Review, 6, 1-6.
(Open Access PDF Download)

Graham, R. G., & Martin, G. I. (2012). Health behavior: A Darwinian reconceptualization. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 43, 451-455.
(Available via ScienceDirect for some institutions)

Riley, W. T., Rivera, D. E., Atienza, A. A., Nilsen, W., Allison, S. M., & Mermelstein, R. (2011). Health behavior models in the age of mobile interventions: are our theories up to the task? Translational Behavioral Medicine, 1, 53-71. 
(Open Access PDF Download)

Stavri, Z. & Michie, S. (2012). Classification systems in behavioural science: current systems and  lessons from the natural, medical and social sciences. Health Psychology Review, 113-140. 
(Preview Text available at Taylor and Francis Group online)