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

The Prescription Monitoring Drug Program Center of Excellence, Peter Kreiner (PI), to collaborate with New England Governors' task force on issues surrounding opioid abuses.

Several Oklahoma newspapers, including the Oklahoma Watch, have recently published stories on Brandeis' Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Center of Excellence.

Groundbreaking report by Prescription Monitoring Program Center of Excellence (COE) at Brandeis' Heller School for Social Policy and Management. 

Mary Brolin (PI) and Robert Dunigan (Co-Investigator) lead the evaluation of theWorcester Initiative for Supported Re-entry (WISR), a program aimed at decreasing the rate at which former prisoners are going back to jail.

Person-centered incentives may be a valuable tool to encourage individuals to improve their health behaviors, the topic of a recently published paper by Brandeis researchers Elizabeth L. Merrick, Dominic Hodgkin and Constance M. Horgan.  A summary and infographic is provided by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, funder of this research.


New and Notable

Institute for Behavioral Health research team of Mary Jo larson, Deborah Garnick, Rachel S. Adams, Ruslan V. Nikitin, and Grant A. Ritter contribute to May 29 Department of Defense Conference Report,"Study on Incidence of Breast Cancer Among Members of Armed Services Serving on Active Duty." 

Mary Jo Larson, Senior Scientist at the Institute for Behavioral Health, was a Committee member and co-author of a report released this week by the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine.   Related commentary can be found in articles in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

The Prescription Monitoring Program Center of Excellence at the Heller School, Brandeis University, was noted in a USA Today editorial about painkiller abuse in America.

Recent  Publications

  • Fullerton, C.A., Kim, M.L., Thomas, C.P., Lyman, D.R., Montejano, L.B., Dougherty, R.H., Daniels, A.S., Ghose, S.S., and Delphin-Rittmon, M.E. (2014) Medication-Assisted Treatment with Methadone: Assessing the Evidence. Psychiatric Services 65(2), pp. 146-157.
  • Kim, M.L., O’Brien, P.L., Thomas, C.P., Johnson, J., and Kreiner, P.  (2014) Prescription Behavior Surveillance System Project: Prescriber Education and Other Initiatives Literature Report. Prepared for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Safe Use Initiative.
  • Thomas, C.P., Fullerton, C.A., Kim, M.L., Montejano, L., Lyman, D.R., Dougherty, R.H., Daniels, A.S., Ghose, S.S., and Delphin-Rittmon, M.E. (2014) Medication-Assisted Treatment with Buprenorphine: Assessing the Evidence.Psychiatric Services 65(2), pp. 158-170.
  • Lee MT, Horgan CM, Garnick DW,  Acevedo A, Panas L, Ritter G, Dunigan R, Babakhanlou-Chase H, Bidorini A, Campbell K, Haberlin K, Huber A, Lambert-Wacey D, Leeper T, Reynolds M. (2014) A performance measure for continuity of care after detoxification: Relationship with outcomes.  Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 47(2): 628-631.

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