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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

  • CHBR is currently seeking a talented and highly motivated postdoctoral fellow. Applicants should have a PhD in health psychology, behavioral/social epidemiology, health behavior/education, or a related field. The postdoctoral fellow will have opportunities to collaborate on interdisciplinary research, secondary data analyses, and work on new studies. Position is for 1 year with the possibility of renewal for a 2nd year. The position description is available here. All application materials should be sent to Sarah Green.

  • CHBR collaborated with The Food Trust, Temple University, and two grocery retail chains in Philadelphia to pilot-test a number of in-store marketing interventions to increase the sales of healthier items. Read the RWJF Program Results Report here.

  • Dr. Karen Glanz participated in a conversation on WHYY Radio Times talking about Staying Fit Through Life on June 12th. Listen to the segment here.

  • $4.35 Million Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Grant Establishes Penn Prevention Research Center to be co-directed by Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH and Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD. For more information, please see the press release.

  • Dr. Karen Glanz was featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer article on June 2nd. From running marathons to cycling 300 miles across the Israeli desert, read how Dr. Glanz spends her time outside of the office!

  • The Community Engagement and Research Core (CEAR Core) is now accepting proposals that foster community-engagement and increase the capacity for community-engaged research at the University of Pennsylvania.  These funds are intended to develop tools and resources that facilitate community-engaged research, specifically in the areas of capacity building, measurement, and dissemination.  Applications are due June 13, 2014. Two pilot programs will be funded and most grants awarded will be in the range of $2,000 to $10,000.  For additional selection and eligibility criteria, see the full Call for Proposals.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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