Research strengths in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences include:

  • health communication
  • cancer control and prevention
  • chronic disease prevention
  • maternal and child health
  • nutrition and obesity
  • organ donation
  • substance dependence prevention and treatment

Research Labs

Cancer Health Equity, Education and Research (CHEER) Lab

CHEER Lab's mission is to reduce the burden of cancer on vulnerable and underserved populations. The lab's research is used to develop culturally responsive interventions to improve equity in cancer prevention and cancer care delivery.

Center For Obesity Research and Education (CORE)

The Center for Obesity Research and Education (CORE) is a university-wide group of investigators dedicated to excellence in obesity research. Founded in 2006, its mission is to facilitate interdisciplinary research on the etiology, consequences, treatment, and prevention of obesity.

Siminoff Research Group for Informed Healthcare Decision Making and Effective Communication

Led by Dean Laura A. Siminoff, this research group explores issues surrounding cancer communication, caregiver burden, decision-making, and communicating for tissue and organ donation.

Health Behavior Research Clinic

Health Disparities Research Lab

This lab conducts research on the intersections of interpersonal health communication, chronic kidney disease, and organ donation and transplantation.

Risk Communication Laboratory

The Risk Communication Lab seeks to advance public health through the design and testing of effective health communication messages and public health campaigns, developed using commercial marketing methods.

Social and Behavioral Health Intervention Lab