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

Live Streaming-"Warning: This Drug May Kill You" Panel Discussion

If you are unable to join us in person for the launch of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative, view the discussion via live stream

The panel will feature:
  • Perri Peltz, Director of "Warning: This Drug May Kill You" 
  • Secretary Marylou Sudders, Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan, President and CEO of the Dimock Center
  • Dr. Andrew Kolodny, Medical consultant for the film and Co- Director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative
  • Panel moderator: Cynthia McFadden, senior legal and investigative correspondent for NBC News.

Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2017
Time: 5:40 - 6:30 p.m.

To view the panel discussion CLICK HERE
The OPRC Launch is co-sponsored by the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy at Brandeis University; The Brandeis/Harvard NIDA Center to Improve System Performance of Substance Use Disorder Treatment; and The Massachusetts Health Policy Forum. 

Constance M. Horgan, Sc.D., Director of the Institute for Behavioral Health, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) Section Reception & Awards Ceremony of the 145th APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition.  The award was presented to her on Tuesday, November 7th by one of her former pre-doctoral students, Sean Haley, Ph.D., currently an Assistant Professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy.

The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Poster Award Committee selected a poster by Rachel Adams, Treatment Patterns Among Soldiers With or Without Psychological Health Problems, TBI, and Pain (#317192), as the winner of this year’s Military & Veteran Affair Networking Group Best Poster.  The poster was based on a paper Dr. Adams is lead author on. Paper co-authors: Rachel S. Adams, Mary Jo Larson, Sue Lee, Mark Bauer and Tom Williams.  

New and Notable

Dominic Hodgkin, Ph.D., Chaired 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.

 

Look for Heller researchers at upcoming 2017 conferences:

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) 
ASAM 49th annual conference, Innovations in Addiction Medicine and Science
San Diego, CA April 12-15, 2018

American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting
May 5-9, 2018 
New York, New York

College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD)
CPDD 80th Annual Scientific Meeting 2018 
June 9-14, 2018 
San Diego, CA

Research Society on Alcoholism (RSoA)
41st Annual RSA Scientific Meeting
June 16-20, 2018
San Diego, California

Academy Health 2018 Annual Research Meeting
June 24-26, 2018 
Seattle, Washington

  

 IBH Researchers in the News:
Peter Kreiner  Andrew Kolodny

Recent  Publications

Andrew Kolodny, MD; Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH. Ten Steps the Federal Government Should Take Now to Reverse the Opioid Addiction Epidemic JAMA. Published online October 12, 2017. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.14567   

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.

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