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

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

Exterior of detention center surrounded by fence

ICE detention centers - the next COVID 19 hotbed?

Traci Green suggests keeping immigrants in detention centers is exacerbating the current public health crisis. See the full article in THE HILL.

Rachel S. Adams, PhD'13, Scientist

Veterans with brain injuries at higher risk of suicide

A new study co-authored by Rachel Adams says doctors need to pay special attention to veterans with traumatic brain injuries to identify early risk factors for suicide.

Mary Jo Larson speaks at NCCIH's Integrative Medicine Research Lecture

Dr. Larson and her team have been building a large collection of data from multiple military health-care databases - a perfect lab for studying pain. Full videocast may be seen here.

Mary Brolin is lead program evaluator on several projects funded by the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

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.