Research Areas

The primary function of IBHRI is behavioral science research. We strive to help inform prevention approaches and treatment of chronic health conditions where behaviors exert a strong influence on health outcomes. Our affiliated research scientists have a broad range of expertise that complement behavioral sciences.

Behavioral Medicine

Integrating behavioral, psychosocial, and biomedical science knowledge and techniques to better understand health and illness. Broadly defined, behavioral medicine is an interdisciplinary field attempting to integrate the biological and psychosocial perspectives on human behavior and to apply them to the practice of medicine.

Health Equity

Investigating the measurable, systematic, and often unavoidable differences in health between groups, stemming from differences in levels of social advantage and disadvantage. Understanding social determinants of health and research that promotes community health and engagement as key to addressing health inequity is critical.


Understanding the role of social, economic, cultural, and systemic factors on educational attainment and outcomes. Whether in educational attainment between income groups or racial/ethnic groups or across geographic locations, inequality persists. The goal of our research in education is to identify and apply successful approaches to narrowing the gap in academic performance between high- and low-income children.

The Criminal Justice System

Research on the impact of criminal justice policies, incarceration, and the impact of criminal justice processing of minorities.

Health Information Technology

Studying the integration and use of information management systems and technology in health and behavioral health. The primary aim of health technology research is accelerating translation to healthcare applications. Our particular interest is in increasing the adoption of telehealth to improve patient health care literacy, access, and engagement.