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.
Employment Opportunities: Faculty Position (click here)
Applied Health Behavior Research
Thursday, June 13, 2013
4:30 - 6:00 PM
Division of Health Beahvior Research Classroom
4444 Forest Park Avenue, 6th Floor, Suite 6700
There will be an open house for prospective students interested in the Master of Science and Graduate Certificates offered through the Applied Health Behavior Research Program. This will be an opportunity for anyone interested to stop by and learn about our degree programs, have some refreshments and ask questions. Faculty, staff and students will be available. We are looking forward to seeing you there.
The Brown Bag 2 Seminar Series
(for Behavioral Research)
Hosted by the Division of Health Behavior Research and Institute of Clinical & Translational Sciences
Are you a staff member working in clinical or behavioral research and wondering about how to advance in your career at Washington University?
Come to the AHBR Brown Bag 2 on May 8th to hear experts share their experience on how being proactive can get you where you want to be in the clinical and behavioral research fields at Washington University.
“Moving up the Washington University Ladder”
Sally Anderson, MS, RN, CCRC
Siteman Cancer Center Clinical Trials Manager, Education/PRMC/QASMC
Martha Jones, MA, CIP
Human Research Protection Office Executive Director
Maria Perez, MA
Health Behavior Research Senior Research Coordinator, HBCOC Core Manager,
AHBR Program Administrator
Sandra Sledge, SPHR
Human Resources Consultant
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
EPNEC - Seminar Room B
2nd Floor, Mezzanine Level
Wash U Employees please register via HRMS, Employee Self-Service,
Training and Development, Research Course Enrollment,
Behavioral Research Brown Bag, Session 1301
If non-Wash U please RSVP to
Please RSVP due to limited room capacity