Institute for Behavioral Health
Schneider Institutes for Health Policy
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University
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.
CONSTANCE M. HORGAN, SC.D.
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.
IBH researchers in the news:
Pennsylvannia's new Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) notes current work by Peter Kreiner.
Sharon Reif comments on Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for substance abuse in Behavioral Healthcare.
An article by Eyragon Eidam, Diagnosing an Epidemic, in Government Technology magazine, July/August 2016 edition, highlights the work by Tom Clark and Peter Kreiner on states' Prescription Drug Monitoring and the Prescription Behavioral Surveillance System.Tom Clark
An article by Rachel Adams, 'The association of combat exposure with postdeployment behavioral health problems among Army enlisted women returning from Afghanistan or Iraq,' has been accepted to the Journal of Traumatic Stress. A blog piece willl also be included in the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
Reif S, Horgan, CM, Hodgkin D, Matteucci A, Creedon TB, Stewart MT. (2016) Access to Addiction Pharmacotherapy in Private Health Plans. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment;66, pp.23-29. doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2016.03.001
Deborah W. Garnick, Constance M. Horgan, Elizabeth L. Merrick, Dominic Hodgkin, Sharon Reif, Amity E. Quinn, Maureen Stewart, Timothy B. Creedon. (2015). Private Health Plans’ Contracts with Managed Behavioral Healthcare Organizations. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research. E-pub ahead of print.