Health Behaviors (obesity, tobacco use, poor quality diet, physical inactivity, risky substance use, unsafe sex, poor sun protection behaviors) are prevalent and preventable risk factors for chronic disease. Treatment non-adherence is an additional risk behavior that impedes recovery and complicates health outcomes. Investigators affiliated with the Center for Behavior and Health pursue three main research goals. Goal 1 is to understand determinants that cause the onset and maintenance of health risk behaviors. Goal 2 is to understand biobehavioral mechanisms whereby unhealthy behaviors "get under the skin" to affect health. Goal 3 is to develop, optimize, and evaluate interventions that promote healthy lifestyle behaviors.
Interventions developed and implemented by the Center have four signatures. They: (1) incorporate novel technologies (e.g. smartphone, sensors, internet) to overcome access barriers and reduce costs; (2) engage social networks and systems; (3) apply optimization techniques drawn from engineering to develop and refine treatments; (4) integrate human interventionists (e.g. peer, health educator, psychologist, exercise physiologist, nutritionist).
For information on developing a technology-assisted intervention, please contact Angela Pfammatter, PhD. For a look at our research, visit www.springteam.org and the Spring Lab at the Department of Preventive Medicine.
Bonnie Spring, PhD, was interviewed on The Connector Podcast Series: Bridging Disciplines toward Better Behavior Change Interventions.
- Technology-Supported Multiple Health Behavior Change
- Program in Biobehavioral Mechanisms of Health
- Program in Physical Activity & Sedentary Behavior
- Program in Epidemiologic Approaches to Behavior Change
- Program in the Science of Team Science
- Program in Evidence-Based Practice
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Open Rank Faculty Positions
Bonnie J Spring, PhD
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