Behavior Modification and Cognitive Therapy

  • John P. ForeytEmail author
  • Craig A. Johnston


Behavior modification has been extensively studied and implemented with various populations. It involves cognitive and behavioral techniques used in assisting individuals to set goals for desired lifestyle changes. This type of therapy, also termed cognitive behavioral therapy, consists of various strategies including goal-setting, self-monitoring, stimulus control, cognitive restructuring, stress management, social support, behavioral contracting, and relapse prevention. This chapter focuses on the implementation of these strategies in promoting lifestyle changes. Additionally, numerous randomized controlled trials have shown that individuals are successful in achieving behavior change. More recently, the Diabetes Prevention Program and Look AHEAD randomized controlled studies successfully demonstrated the efficacy of behavioral strategies in assisting participants to achieve and maintain long-term weight losses.


Behavior modification Cognitive therapy Behavior therapy Cognitive behavior therapy Lifestyle modification 



Action for Health in Diabetes


Diabetes Prevention Program


Health-care professionals


Type-2 diabetes


Take off Pounds Sensibly



The authors would like to thank the Children’s Nutrition Research Center for their continued support. This manuscript was supported by a grant from the US Department of Agriculture (ARS 2533759353).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Behavioral Medicine Research CenterBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics-Nutrition, USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research CenterBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA

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