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

Connect with us at upcoming conferences

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)

March 31-April 3, 2022
Hollywood, FL

Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

April 18-21, 2022
Atlanta, GA 


American Psychiatric Association (APA)

May 21-25, 2022
New Orleans, LA

IBH Activities

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
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

Rachel S. Adams, PhD'13, Scientist

New article published in Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation

Maureen Stewart, PhD'09, Scientist

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - new award