Research done by investigators affiliated with the Center for Behavior & Health (CBH) addresses several overarching themes. The first is health behavior change. Behavioral risk factors (obesity, tobacco use, poor-quality diet, physical inactivity, risky substance use, unsafe sex, poor sun protection, insufficient sleep) are the most prevalent preventable risk factors for chronic disease. CBH health behavior change scientists study determinants of the onset and maintenance of health risk behaviors. They investigate biobehavioral mechanisms whereby unhealthy behaviors "get under the skin" to compromise health, and they develop, optimize and evaluate interventions that promote healthy lifestyle behaviors. A second CBH research theme concerns psychosocial and contextual influences on illness and quality of life. This work aims to help patients manage adverse psychological, social and environmental influences that could otherwise disrupt illness management and treatment adherence. A third theme concerns implementation and sustainment of evidence-based, tailored health practices by facilitating integration into service delivery systems. Explore the examples below to see illustrative current grants in each domain by CBH investigators. 

Selected Current Grants

Health Behavior Change

Nabil Alshurafa, PhD

nabil_alshrafa.jpgNabil Alshurafa, PhD: EAT: A Reliable Eating Assessment Technology for Free-living Individuals; R01DK129843

Marilyn Cornelis, PhD

mary_cornelis.jpgMarilyn Cornelis, PhD: Genetic modifiers of the Mediterranean-DASH diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND); R01AG065398

Brian Hitsman, PhD

brian_hitsman.jpgBrian Hitsman, PhD: Testing Novel Pharmacogenetic and Adherence Optimization Treatments to Improve the Effectiveness of Smoking Cessation Treatments for Smokers with HIV; R01CA243914

Siobhan Phillips, PhD, MPH

siohban phillipsSiobhan Phillips, PhD, MPH: Technology-Supported Physical Activity Intervention for Metastatic Breast Cancer Survivors: Fit2ThriveMB; R21CA239130

Psychosocial and Contextual Influences

Betina Yanez, PhD

betina_yanez.jpgBetina Yanez, PhD: Technology Facilitated Behavioral Intervention for Depression among Diverse Patients in Ambulatory Oncology; R37CA25587

Namratha Kandula, MD, MPH

namratha kandulaNamratha Kandula, MD, MPH: A Multilevel Physical Activity Intervention for South Asian Women and Girls; R01CA242520

Implementation of Evidence-Based & Tailored Practices

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