The scientific program area of "Behavioral Science" is comprised of behavioral scientists interested in interdisciplinary research addressing the role of behavioral and psychosocial factors in health promotion, disease prevention, and disease management. Research activities include:
- assessment of behavioral and psychosocial risk factors (e.g. smoking, sexual behavior, dietary habits);
- interventions designed to reduce risk factors, promote health-enhancing behaviors, and improve processes of care;
- examination of factors associated with adherence to medical and behavioral treatment regimens;
- development of treatment strategies to promote mental and physical health;
- and development of interventions to improve quality of life.
More specifically, research focuses on the role of behavioral and psychosocial factors in a variety of chronic conditions (e.g., cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, depression), HIV and other infectious diseases, addiction, homelessness, and health services. Faculty collaborate with individuals in other scientific program areas within the Division of Preventive Medicine as well as other divisions and departments within UAB to examine behavioral and biomedical interactions that are specifically relevant in minority and underserved populations. Faculty also provide training for medical students/residents, undergraduate and graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows in various behavioral and biomedical sciences.
Other Key Faculty
Associate Professor and Chair, Health Behavior
Associate Professor, Health Care Organization & Policy
Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences