Welcome to the Institute for Behavioral Health

Aiming to increase recognition of the way behaviors impact health, and to work with systems and organizations to design processes and approaches that improve the overall health of the population.

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

Connect with us at upcoming conferences

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Virtual 2021

April 22-24, 2021

American Psychiatric Association (APA), Virtual Meeting

  May 1-5, 2021



IBH Activities

Maureen Stewart, PhD'09, Scientist

New award focusing on Opioid addiction treatment in Medicaid health plans

Dr. Stewart received a 4-year $2.7M award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. This study will examine current policies and how Medicaid coverage can facilitate access to quality opioid addiction treatments.

Mary Brolin lead program evaluator on Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts projects

The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts has been working with health organizations across Massachusetts for the past twenty-one years to improve public health.
Sharon Reif

Hub & Spoke models expanding access to opioid use disorders

“The idea behind the Hub and Spoke model is that it essentially extends your base of knowledge, and that increases access to skilled providers,” says Sharon Reif, principal investigator.

Traci Green, Director, Opioid Policy Research Collaborative

Testing drugs could be key to preventing overdoses

Boston 25 News sat down with Dr. Traci Green, Director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative, to discuss how availability of test strips could prevent overdose.

Opioid Policy Research Collaborative partners with PAARI

The partnership has been awarded a grant to continue PAARI's recovery intitative to distribute fentanyl test strip kits in Massachusetts and Maine.
Cover of Psychiatric Services journal

New article in Psychiatric Services

Examines chronic pain and PTSD in soldiers as stand-alone and co-occurring disorders among U.S. Army soldiers during the postdeployment year