Keynote Speakers

James Prochaska, PhD

Dr. James Prochaska serves as Director of the Cancer Prevention Research Center and Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Rhode Island and is the author of several books including Systems of Psychotherapy, the Transtheoretical Approach: Crossing Traditional Boundaries of Therapy, Changing for Good, and Changing to Thrive.  He is also the founder of and consultant to Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc.

Named one of the five most influential authors in Psychology by the Institute for Scientific Information and the American Psychological Society, Dr. Prochaska is one of the originators of the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change and the author of over 400 publications on behavior change for health promotion and disease prevention.

He has served as Principal investigator and co-investigator on over $80 million in research grants on the prevention of cancer and other chronic diseases and has received numerous honors, including major awards from the American Psychological Association, the Society of Prospective Medicine and Harvard University.

The first psychologist to win a Medal of Honor for Clinical Research from the American Cancer Society, Dr. Prochaska has also received both an Innovators Award and an Innovators Combating Substance Abuse Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Healthtrac Foundation Education Award.  Recently he has been recognized as one of the world's top three preeminent clinical psychologists.


Lipi Roy, MD, MPH, DABAM

Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU Langone Health and Addiction Specialist in New York City Treatment Center. Previously Chief of Addiction Medicine for New York City Jails including Rikers Island. Dr. Lipi Roy is an internal medicine physician board certified in addiction medicine and serves as clinical assistant professor at NYU Langone Health. As the former Chief of Addiction Medicine for New York City jails including Rikers Island, Dr. Roy oversaw substance use treatment and recovery services at the nation’s 2nd-largest jail complex. Previously, she was a primary care doctor to Boston's vulnerable homeless population among whom the leading cause of death was drug overdose. Currently, Dr. Roy cares for patients at an addiction treatment center in New York City. She also served as an attending physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and as faculty at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Roy completed her medical and master’s in public health degrees at Tulane University in New Orleans, followed by residency training in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Roy is a strong advocate for public service. In addition to caring for incarcerated and homeless men and women, she has served the underserved in Nicaragua and India, as well as New Orleans residents affected by Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Roy has also provided medical relief to earthquake victims in Haiti, and volunteered in the medical tent at the Boston Marathon.

Dr. Roy is a sought-after, charismatic public speaker whose mission is to educate and empower the public to make healthy decisions through nutrition, mindfulness and addiction training. A Forbes contributor, she has appeared on CNN, Charlie Rose, Dr. Oz and CBS New York. Her articles have also been published in STAT and The Huffington Post; and she has been featured in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, Cooking Light and