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Welcome to the Integrative Behavioral Health Research Institute.

Interdisciplinary approaches have changed research science. Interdisciplinary research collaboration focuses on addressing the most complex problems facing our communities. We draw on expertise from psychology, medicine, health technology, education, and social sciences. With a significant increase in the scale and complexity of scientific research comes the need for utilizing best practices in managing large interdisciplinary team science projects.



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Biopsychosocial challenges of aging with HIV

HIV is considered a manageable chronic condition. Primary care clinicians, case managers, and researchers are evaluating the emerging implications of aging with HIV-infection. A synthesis of topics related to both the aging process and HIV reveals unique influences on disease prognosis. A close examination of trends and the impact on social, psychological, and medical well-being of persons aging with this disease is necessary. How do we reconcile successful aging with HIV?

Is the knowledge base sufficient for understanding how to address the problem of suicide by self-immolation in Iran?

We are conducting an extensive evaluation of the literature and data on documented suicides by self-immolation, or self-burning. Led by our research scientist intern, we are giving particular attention to the issue as it pertains to women living in Iran. We aim to document what is currently known as well as the many challenges involved in the investigation of this phenomena.

Who will lead blockchain in healthcare?

A good number of healthcare areas are ripe for exploration. Provider directories, pharma supply chains, insurance claims processing, and a new ecosystem with blockchain. We will be publishing information on blockchain and identifying opportunities for collaboration. While technology and the private sector is doing well with innovation in healthcare, only with consultation and collaboration with health professionals will we be able to move rapidly toward progress.

Social factors, including education, employment status, income level, gender, and ethnicity have a marked influence on health.

Understanding health inequity requires an examination of multiple systemic layers in which individuals and communities operate. The level of quality in education and access to education are related to whether a skilled, diverse workforce exists. Do our health and social sciences fields reflect the diversity of the communities served?


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SBM 39th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions

The Society of Behavioral Medicine is a vibrant, multidisciplinary organization of clinicians, educators, and scientists. Joining SBM gives you the opportunity to contribute to a unique multidisciplinary team, and your disciplinary expertise is an essential part of the whole.

Find out more about SBM. Join SBM and enjoy access to networking opportunities, journals, information, and opportunities to contribute to this important field. Consider joining us at the SBM 40th Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. in 2019!

For more information, visit the SBM website. You may also contact Dr. Josh Matacotta, SBM Champion, for information about membership or the conference.

  Post-doctoral Fellowship Training Program

Post-doctoral Fellowship Training Program

American Cancer Society Post-Doctoral Fellowship Training Program in Cancer Epidemiology, Prevention and Survivorship Research

The American Cancer Society invites applications for post-doctoral research fellowships in cancer epidemiology, prevention and survivorship. Drawing on the expertise and mentorship of epidemiologists and behavioral scientists in the Society’s intramural research department, fellows will design a research program focused on identifying and/or clarifying associations of lifestyle, psychosocial, behavioral, genetic, and biologic factors with cancer incidence, mortality, survival or survivorship issues. Fellows will have access to rich research resources including from the Cancer Prevention Studies, large prospective cohort studies of cancer including cancer incidence and mortality outcomes, and biospecimens; the Studies of Cancer Survivors, which examine survivors’ health behaviors and quality of life over time; the Cancer Survivor Transition Study, a longitudinal study which focuses on survivors’ management of cancer and overall health after treatment ends; and the 4C Study, which examines health communication preferences and socio-contextual influences on cancer-related behavior among medically vulnerable populations.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree in epidemiology, behavioral science, psychology, biostatistics, genetics, or another relevant discipline.

For additional information, eligibility, and application, visit their Jobs Website. Screening of applications begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.


Conferences at the California Endowment Center

Addressing the Impact of Injury, Violence and Trauma on Mental Health and Wellbeing Among Men and Boys of Color

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM PDT
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Addressing the Mental Health Impact of Injury, Violence and Trauma on Women and Girls of Color

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 | 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM PST
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California Endowment: 1000 Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012