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The Division performs research in several areas related to health behavior. These include compliance with cancer screening and other health practices for cancer prevention and disease self-management; quality of life in cancer patients; social support; adjustment to cancer diagnosis and treatment and the role of psychosocial support in adjustment; smoking cessation among cancer patients; and area-level influences on behavior and disease occurrence. Division faculty collaborate with investigators from many divisions and departments in the School of Medicine and from the larger Washington University community of researchers to aid in study design, measurement of behavior, psychosocial issues, and disease assessment to answer a wide variety of research questions.

The main causes of preventable illness and death in the U.S. are unhealthy behaviors such as poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, insufficient use of cancer screenings, limited childhood immunizations, and nonuse of safety belts.  Understanding the science of health behavior change and applying this to the development and evaluation of programs and interventions designed to improve individuals’ health behaviors will be increasingly important in preventing disease and improving health in clinical and community settings. Additionally, identifying the factors that promote the adoption and maintenance of health behaviors is important for selecting target populations in need of intervention and strategies for motivating health behavior change in clinical and community-based settings.    



 Applied Health Behavior
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The Behavioral Brown Bag 2 Seminar Series
Hosted by the Division of Health Behavior Research, the Clinical Research Training Center, and the Institute of Clinical & Translational Sciences

Please join us on May 7 for the Behavioral Brown Bag 2 seminar when our speaker will discuss the role and importance of cultural competency in behavioral research.

Cultural Competency: Thought, Process,
and Action

Presented by:

Vetta Sanders Thompson, PhD
Associate Professor
George Warren Brown School of Social Work
Washington University


Wednesday, May 7, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Farrell Learning and Teaching Center
Room 214 A & B


Wash U Employees please register for Session 0507 via HRMS, Employee Self-Service,
Training and Development, Research Course Enrollment,
Behavioral Research Brown Bag

If non-Wash U please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Please RSVP due to limited room capacity