The Center for Health Behavior Research brings together researchers from different disciplines to study various behaviors that affect health and develop interventions to foster healthy behaviors. These interventions are directed at individuals, families, the community and society at large.
Health behaviors are the results of complex biological, psychological, social and environmental factors. To understand and change these behaviors, researchers need a broad, multidisciplinary perspective.
CHBR researchers study behaviors that promote health and well-being, such as physical activity and positive social development; behaviors that compromise health, such as smoking or obesity; the causes and development of these behaviors; and the best ways to prevent and treat behavioral health and social problems.
The center nurtures and supports the development of researchers through all stages of their careers. Undergraduate and graduate students, pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellows gain valuable research experience recruiting and retaining study participants; implementing and refining research design; collecting, analyzing and interpreting data; and participating in publications and professional presentations.
Graduate research assistants play a critical role on most projects, often conducting master's and dissertation research in conjunction with ongoing projects. Post-doctoral researchers develop their skills as project managers on large-scale studies, fellows in NIH-funded training programs or co-investigators on individual research studies. Junior faculty are supported through federal K awards, mentoring by senior researchers and institutional pilot grants.