Welcome to the Institute for Behavioral Health

Constance Horgan

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

Look for us at upcoming conferences

American Society of Addiction Medicine

Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

April 13-16, 2020  
Nashville, TN                                                                                                                                        

American Public Health Association

American Psychiatric Association (APA) 

April 25-29, 2020 
Philadelphia, PA                                                                                                                        

IBH Activities

Sharon Reif


Sharon Reif (PI) and a team of researchers at the Institute for Behavioral Health has received a 4-year, $2.7M grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to further evaluate the Washington State Health Care Authority's Hub & Spoke addiction treatment modelThis opioid treatment network model expands treatment sites to 17 non-traditional settings such as emergency departments, syringe exchanges, jails and homeless shelters. This approach emphasizes the need for low-barrier access to treatment, particularly in underserved areas. 

New report on unique challenges of opioid crisis in western Massachusetts

The report, Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Small and Rural Communities in Western Massachusetts, issued this morning by the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum (MHPF), concludes that no single opioid policy will make a substantial impact on the crisis. It suggests as most effective a combination of evidence-based policies that work together to prevent, treat and mitigate the effects of opioid use disorder (OUD), and are specific to the area.
Peter Kreiner, Scientist and Lecturer

Investigating Access to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

Brandeis University is one of three organization awarded funding from Rize Massachusetts’ new Insights and Solutions: Massachusetts Opioid Crisis grant program.  Peter Kreiner is Principal Investigator for the new project, 'Racial disparities and access to OUD treatment: The role of prescriber networks in access to OUD treatment and number of individuals at risk for OUD in Massachusetts communities.'