Behavioral Science

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:

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.


Isabel C. Scarinci-Searles, PhD MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine


Other Key Faculty

Diane Grimley, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair, Health Behavior

Joshua Klapow, PhD
Associate Professor, Health Care Organization & Policy

Jesse Milby, PhD
Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences