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Thomas Prohaska, PhD

Department of Global and Community Health

Tom Prohaska

Dr. Prohaska received his PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, focusing on gerontological and health psychology. He holds an MA in psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and a BA in psychology from Roger Williams College. 

In his career, Prohaska has had more than 100 journal articles published and was the editor of five books and journal issues. He acted as a consultant for the public television show "Sit and Be Fit," an exercise program aimed at older adults with limited mobility. He was also a consultant and contributing author on two National Institute on Aging exercise guides, the first of which saw a distribution of more than 1.1 million manuals and 40,000 videos. 

He has been honored as a fellow for the Gerontological Society of America, and with the Distinguished Professor Gerontology/Geriatrics Award from the University of California Los Angeles Academic Geriatric Resource Center for exceptional work and valuable contributions to the field of aging.


  • Postdoctoral Training, Gerontological and Health Psychology, University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • MA, Psychology, Middle Tennessee State University
  • BA, Psychology, Roger Williams College