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

IBH researchers will be sharing their work at AcademyHealth
June 25-27, 2017
Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, LA
http://www.academyhealth.org/events
  • Behavioral Health Interest Group Saturday 6/24, 2:30-6:30
  • Evidence Based Programs & Management Strategies in Trauma Informed Correctional Care. Poster Session A Sunday, 6/25 12:15-1:45 p.m. (Student Presentation)
  • Poster Session Maine Clinician Incentives.  Monday 6/26, 6:30pm
  • The Opioid Crisis – A Critical Threat Across The U.S.  Oral presentation Tuesday 6/27, 11:30-1:00

The Opioid Crisis – A Critical Threat Across The U.S. - Why Health Services Research Matters, an oral presentation as a Panel on Critical and Emerging Issues in Health Services Research (HSR). The session is co-sponsored by the Brandeis-Harvard NIDA Center to Improve the System Performance of Substance Use Disorders (P30 DA035772) and the Brandeis Opioid Policy Research Collaborative at the Institute for Behavioral Health. Panel members: Andrew Kolodny, MD, Peter Kreiner, Ph.D., Sharon Reif, Ph.D. (Brandeis) and Richard Frank, Ph.D. (Harvard).

New and Notable

 The Brandeis-Harvard NIDA Center to Improve System Performance of Substance Use Disorder Treatment is facilitating a mentoring session at both the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting (June in New Orleans, LA) and the 2017 Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) Conference in Madison, Wisconsin.

http://www.academyhealth.org/events/2017-06/2017-annual-research-meeting

http://www.fammed.wisc.edu/ahsr2017/mentorship-opportunities/

LOOK FOR US AT THE FOLLOWING

2017 CONFERENCES:

College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD)
CPDD 79th Annual Scientific Meeting (2017)
June 17-22, 2017
Hôtel Bonaventure, Montréal, Canada
http://cpdd.org/

Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA)
40thAnnual RSA Scientific Meeting
June 24-28, 2017
Denver, Colorado
http://rsoa.org/

Academy Health
June 25-27, 2017
Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, LA
http://www.academyhealth.org/events

International Health Economics Association (iHEA)
iHEA Congress 2017
July 7 -8, 2017
Boston, Massachusetts
https://www.healtheconomics.org/

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

Recent  Publications

S Reif, TB Creedon, CM Horgan, MT Stewart, DW. Garnick. (2017) Commercial Health Plan Coverage of Selected Treatments for Opioid Use Disorders from 2003 to 2014, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs , published online ahead of print. 

Trotter Davis M, Bateman B, Avorn J. (2017) Educational Outreach to Opioid Prescribers: The Case for Academic Detailing. Pain Physician. (2S):S147-S151.

Brolin M, Torres M, Hodgkin D, Horgan C, Lee M, Merrick E, Ritter G, Panas L, DeMarco N, Hopwood J, Gewirtz A, Straus J, Harrington J, Lane N. (2017) Implementation of Client Incentives within a Recovery Navigation Program. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2017 Jan;72:25-31. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2016.09.003.

Johnson J, Hodgkin D, Harris SK. (2017) The design of medical marijuana laws and adolescent use and heavy use of marijuana: Analysis of 45 states from 1991 to 2011. Drug Alcohol Depend. (2017) 170:1-8. PMCID: PMC5183555

Lin DH, Lucas E, Murimi IB, Kolodny A, Alexander GC. (2017) Financial Conflicts of Interest and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. JAMA Intern Med, 177(3):427-428. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.8471.

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