Welcome to the Institute for Behavioral Health

Constance Horgan, Director, Institute for Behavioral Health

Since the Heller School began, both faculty and students have studied mental and substance use disorders. Formalized in 2003, IBH focuses on the intersection of health, behavior, and systems of care, with an emphasis on their linkages. Its underlying premise is that these systems can be better used to promote healthier lifestyles and assist individuals to engage in behaviors which lead to better health.

Our focus is broadening to include other issues that are affected by behaviors which can be targeted by interventions and have an impact on health and wellness. In addition to studying systems of care, we investigate health outcomes that are associated with behaviors, and also develop and test methods to evaluate the effects of behaviors on health.

We consider a variety of systems of care, including health care delivery, as well as criminal justice, education, social services, housing, military and the workplace.

We hope that you find this site useful as you learn more about our research staff and our activities in behavioral health.

Constance M. Horgan, ScD, Director

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IBH Activities

Joanne Nicholson, Professor of the Practice

Award from PCORI

Joanne Nicholson received an award of $250,000 of funding over two years through the Eugene Washington Engagement Awards program, an initiative of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The funds will support the project "Creating a Community with Mothers with Mental Illness Using Opioids."

Cindy Thomas and Andrew Kolodny

Heller researchers receive new grant for online repository of opioid epidemic research

Cindy Thomas (PI) and Andrew Kolodny (co-PI) will lead the development of the Brandeis Opioid Research Clearinghouse, a two-year project funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.   

Sharon Reif

Award from NIDILRR

Sharon Reif, PhD'02, PI, has received a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to study opioid use disorder (OUD) among people with disabilities in the United States. The project combines expertise from two of Heller’s research institutes: IBH and the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy.