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

 Dominic Hodgkin, Ph.D., is Chair of the session, Implications of Expanding Access to Mental Health Care at the International Health Economics Association's (iHEA) 2017 annual conference in Boston, MA.  Session recordings

Sharon Reif (PI), has received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to assess the implementation and effectiveness of Washington's new opioid treatment model, developed as part of the federal $1 billion to states to address the opioid crisis.

New and Notable

Look for Heller researchers at upcoming 2017 conferences:

Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR)
2017 Addiction Health Services Research Conference
October 18-20, 2017
Madison, WI
http://www.fammed.wisc.edu/ahsr2017/

 

 IBH Researchers in the News:
 Peter Kreiner Andrew Kolodny

Recent  Publications

Reif S, Acevedo A, Garnick DW, Fullerton CA. (2017) Reducing Behavioral Health Inpatient Readmissions for People With Substance Use Disorders: Do Follow-Up Services Matter? Psychiatric Services, 68(8): 810-818.

Mary Brolin and Janice Yost co-authored an op-ed piece for Commonwealth Magazine highlighting the Worcester Initiative for Supported Reentry (WISR) project, (Brolin, PI).

Barth, K.S., Ball, S., Adams, R.S., Nikitin, R.V., Wooten, N.R., Qureshi, Z.P., Larson, M.J.. (2017). Development and feasibility of an academic detailing intervention to improve prescription monitoring program use among physicians serving military members and veterans. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. 37(2): 98-105. 

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