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.
Just Released - "Upstream Opportunities for Reducing the Harm of Alcohol and Drug Use." In this White Paper, lead authors Mary Jo Larson and Laura S. Lorenz from IBH, propose a definition of harm reduction which is inclusive - a philosophical approach, as well as specific policies, practices, and interventions intended to reduce harm from the use of an array of drugs and alcohol.
Prescription Monitoring Program Center of Excellence (COE) at Brandeis' Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, research at the COE was noted in a New York Times article about monitoring painkillers in emergency rooms.
On Wednesday, November 6th, 2013, Mary Jo Larson, Ph.D., was a featured speaker at the 11th annual J. Rhodes Haverty Lecture, "Myths and Misconceptions About Mental Health in Military Veterans.' The lecture was held at Georgia State University, hosted by the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions. Other speakers included Rosalynn Carter, Former First Lady of the United States and Co-Founder of the Carter Center; and Michael Schoenbaum, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, Office of Science Policy, Planning and Communication at the National Institute of Mental Health.
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.