Center for Behavior and Health

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Overview

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, PhDFor 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.

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680 N Lake Shore Drive, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60611

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Center Director
Bonnie J Spring, PhD

Dr. Spring


Center Administrator
Julianna Lee

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Founded: 2012