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
- 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!
- The presentation slides from the seminar on April 22nd, 2013 (Using Mixed Methods for Community Health Assessment in West Philadelphia) are available here. Thank you to our presenters: Maureen George, PhD, RN, AE-C, FAAN; Fran Barg, PhD; Shimrit Keddem, MS; and Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH.
- Check out the April 2013 LDI Issue Brief which highlights three models of community-based participatory research.
- The Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) and the Community Engagement and Research (CEAR) core of the CTSA at the University of Pennsylvania are collaborating on a pilot grant program to fund research with public and community health relevance. The full text for this pilot grant program can be found online here.
Applications due April 5th, 2013.
- Thank you to Charles Branas, PhD for giving an overview of the Penn Cartographic Modeling Lab during our seminar on February 7, 2013. The presentation slides are now available here.
- Thank you to Shreya Kangovi, MD for talking about
her work to develop and evaluate an intervention in which community health workers (CHWs) provide structured support to help patients set and achieve patient-driven health goals. The presentation slides are now available here.
- Congratulations to the Netter Center! Penn's Netter Center for Community Partnerships held a conference in celebration of their 20th anniversary on November 12-13, 2012. Click here for a conference recap.
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