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.
The Brown Bag 2 Seminar Series
(for Behavioral Research)
Hosted by the Division of Health Behavior Research, the Clinical Research Training Center, and the Institute of Clinical & Translational Sciences
Are you a project director or research coordinator interested in hearing about how to enhance communication in research settings? Please join us for the Applied Health Behavior Research program’s Brown Bag 2 on September 11th to learn more about communication myths and group membership roles that may exist within your research team.
“Enhancing Communication in Research: Practical Applications for
Bob Krizek, PhD
Department of Communication
Saint Louis University
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Farrell Learning and Teaching Center
Wash U Employees please register via HRMS, Employee Self-Service,
Training and Development, Research Course Enrollment,
Behavioral Research Brown Bag
If non-Wash U please RSVP to
Please RSVP due to limited room capacity