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