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:Mary Jo Larson
Ways to curb youth recidivism Mary Brolin, PhD '05, Scientist & Lecturer at the Institute for Behavioral Health, discusses the issue with Worcester Telegram & Gazette contributor Trisha Thadani.
Brandeis/Harvard NIDA Center hosts "Effects of a global payment and accountable care model on substance use disorder service use and spending," a presentation by Haiden Huskamp, PhD, Professor at the Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School.
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.