Addiction Prevention & Control

Addiction research focuses on effective treatments for substance dependence, with specific areas of focus on tobacco, cocaine, and polysubstance in vulnerable populations.

Family and Adolescent Health

Research involving family and adolescent health includes: the reduction of risk behaviors in disadvantaged adolescents and young adults, family interventions to promote youth health, adolescent pregnancy and childbearing, and reducing family and child/adolescent health disparities.



Current research focuses on homelessness prevention, interventions to end homelessness among high-need Veterans, and the demography, epidemiology, and services utilization of Veterans experiencing homelessness.


Obesity Prevention and Healthy Active Lifestyles

Several faculty members in the Department of Health Behavior study obesity prevention and healthy, active lifestyles. This research includes: a variety of systematic reviews and meta-analyses of randomized-controlled trials for various nutrition and obesity interventions, the effects of ketogenic diets on metabolism, inflammation and chronic disease, non-deceptive placebo responses, resistance exercise, and the environmental determinants of health and obesity which emphasizes the importance of early life conditions to later health.