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

IBH Activities

Opioid Policy Research Collaborative partners with PAARI

The partnership has been awarded a grant to continue PAARI's recovery initiative 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
Professor Dominic Hodgkin

Hodgkin et al., Health Affairs blog

The article addresses planning long term financial stability for new substance abuse disorder interventions

Rachel Adams presenting at Pink Concussions

March 30th, 2021 Dr. Adams shared her research on at-risk substance use following TBI in military/Veteran and civilian populations. 
Joanne Nicholson, Professor of the Practice

New Publication in Community Mental Health Journal

Analysis of the ParentingWell Learning Collaborative (PWLC) model in supporting mental health practitioners 

Dr. Larson and colleagues publish new research findings