Welcome to the Center for Health Behavior Research

The University of Pennsylvania's Center for Health Behavior Research is working to become an epicenter for fundamentals of behavioral research on the Penn campus. Together with collaborators from the Penn community and other social science and public health professionals, we are working to advance the development, application and testing of health behavior measurement and theories in clinical and population-based research.

  • We conduct and collaborate on innovative research on prevention, intervention, and program development for health behaviors. Applied health behavior theory is central to our work.
  • We collaborate with other researchers to develop and evaluate relevant health behavior measurement tools to answer research questions
  • We provide consultation to behavioral researchers who want to develop or refine a theoretical basis for their line of inquiry
  • We provide a center for training, mentoring and supporting students, postdoctoral fellows and junior scientists in health behavior research

Center News

  • The presentation slides from the seminar on February 20th, 2014 (Improving Community Health with Technology: The Latest from the Health Technology Innovation Incubator) are available here. Thank you to Nancy Hanrahan, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN for talking about her work with the Health Technology Innovation Incubator and to Jamille Nagtalon-Ramos, MSN, CRNP, WHNP-BC, IBCLC and Matthew Lee for sharing examples of their projects during the seminar.

  • The Center for Health Behavior Research is currently seeking a talented and highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to join the Center. Applicants should have a PhD in health psychology, behavioral/social epidemiology, health behavior/education, or a related field. A full description of this position and information on how to apply can be found here.

  • Congratulations to Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH on being elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), one of the nation's highest honors in biomedicine. For more information, please read the news releases from UPenn and the IOM.

  • We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 CTSA Community Engagement And Research Core Pilot Grants! Terri Lipman was awarded for her proposal "MyDiaText: Feasibility of a Text Messaging System for Youth with Type I Diabetes" and Judy Shea for her proposal "Store owner perspectives on an intervention to improve healthy food access." Congratulations to Dr. Lipman and Dr. Shea!

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