Center for Biobehavioral Health
The Center for Biobehavioral Health seeks to improve the health and health care of children, adolescents, and their families through behavioral research on vulnerable individuals and populations, using a multidisciplinary and biopsychosocial approach.
Meet Our Team
Learn more about director Cynthia Gerhardt, PhD, and her team of principal investigators at the Center for Biobehavioral Health.
In the Hoskinson Lab, our team studies the long term effects of pediatric chronic illnesses that affect brain functioning. We are particularly interested in how these illnesses can impact parts of the brain that support social development, complex problem solving, and day-to-day adjustment.
Under the direction of Sarah Keim, PhD, the Keim Lab studies how children learn and grow, and how their diet affects health and development.
Our lab focuses on helping young people and their families live well with inflammatory bowel disease, also known as IBD, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Previous research by our lab and others has shown that IBD can affect pretty much any area of life.
Principal Investigator Eric Nelson and the Brain Development and Social Cognition Lab studies how the brain matures across development. The team is interested in understanding how brain changes that happen during adolescence affect social behavior, emotional responses and cognitive function.
Biobehavioral Outcomes Core
The Biobehavioral Outcomes Core assists investigators who want to incorporate behavioral assessments in their research.
Featured Research, Grants, Presentations and Awards
Read news releases about the Center for Biobehavioral Health's featured research projects, grants and awards.
- To identify biological, psychological, and social factors associated with developmental risk and resiliency in children and families.
- To design and test innovative interventions that will promote the health and quality of life of children and their families.
- Social and Behavioral Outcomes of Childhood Illnesses — examining the effects on children and their families of a variety of medical problems, including inflammatory bowel disease, brain tumors, and traumatic brain injuries.
- Child Factors Predisposing to Risky Behavior — studying biological and psychological characteristics that increase the risk of dangerous or unhealthy behaviors among children and adolescents.
- Interventions to Promote Quality of Life — developing and testing intervention programs designed to promote health and adjustment in children with behavioral or medical problems and their families.
On Our Sleeves
One in five children is living with a mental illness. But kids don’t wear their thoughts on their sleeves, so it’s time to give them a voice. It’s time to transform children’s mental health.