Research Areas

The primary function of IBHRI is behavioral and community health 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 psychological, health, and social 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.


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..

community & Public Health Psychology

Working at the intersection of psychology and public health to address public health problems. Research beyond an individual focus that integrates social, cultural, economic, political, environmental, and international influences to promote positive change and health at the individual and systemic levels. Understanding the role of social determinants of health and engaging in research that promotes community health and engagement to address health inequity.

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.