Institute for Behavioral Health

Schneider Institutes for Health Policy

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Aiming to increase recognition of the way behaviors impact health, and to work with systems and organizations to design processes and approaches
that improve the overall health of the population.

Aiming to increase recognition of the way behaviors impact health, and to work with systems and organizations to design processes and approaches that improve the overall health of the population.

Dr. Constance Horgan headshot      Welcome to the
      Institute for Behavioral Health

     CONSTANCE M. HORGAN, SC.D.
      Director

 Since the Heller School began, both faculty and students have studied mental and substance use disorders.  Formalized in 2003, IBH focuses on the intersection of health, behavior, and systems of care, with an emphasis on their linkages. Its underlying premise is that these systems can be better used to promote healthier lifestyles and assist individuals to engage in behaviors which lead to better health.

Our focus is broadening to include other issues that are affected by behaviors which can be targeted by interventions and have an impact on health and wellness. In addition to studying systems of care, we investigate health outcomes that are associated with behaviors, and also develop and test methods to evaluate the effects of behaviors on health.

We consider a variety of systems of care, including health care delivery, as well as criminal justice, education, social services, housing, military and the workplace.

We hope that you find this site useful as you learn more about our research staff and our activities in behavioral health.

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Spotlight

  • Margot Davis (PI), Marji Warfield, Janet Boguslaw and Sharon Reif were awarded grant funding through the Innovations in Teaching and Research Awards program at Brandeis for their project, 'Grandparents as parents: Unplanned consequences of the opioid epidemic.'
  • Mary Jo Larson, June 4th, 2018. Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series Archive: Lecture to Explore Pain Treatment in Military and Veteran Populations Press release on research collaboration between the Heller School for Social Policy and Management (Mary Jo Larson, PI) and the University of South Carolina School of Pharmacy.

New and Notable

IBH Researchers in the News:

Peter Kreiner 

Andrew Kolodny 

Look for Heller researchers at upcoming 2018 conferences:

Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR)
October 17-19, 2018
Savannah, GA

Recent  Publications

Lee, MT, Acevedo, A, Garnick, DW, Horgan, CM, Panas, L, Ritter, GA, & Campbell, K. (2018)  "Impact of agency incentives and reminders on engagement and care continuity for clients with co-occurring disorders." Psychiatric Services, 69 (2018): 804-811.

Warfield ME, Adams RS, Ritter GA, Valentine A, Williams TV, Larson MJ. Health care utilization among children with chronic conditions in military families. Disabil Health J. 2018 Jun 30. pii: S1936-6574(18)30092-X. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2018.06.002. [Epub ahead of print]

Larson MJ, Adams RS, Gitter GA, Linton A, Williams TV, Saadoun M, Bauer, MR. Associations of early treatments for low-back pain with military readiness outsomes Online ahead of print.

Larson MJ, Browne C, Nikitin RV, Wooten NR, Ball S, Adams RS, Barth K. Physicians report adopting safer opioid prescribing behaviors after academic detailing intervention. Substanse Abuse E-version ahead of print May 4, 2018 https://doi.org/10.1080/08897077.2018.1449175

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