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Social & Behavioral Health Intervention Lab (SBHI)


Stephen Lepore, Ph.D. is Professor of Public Health, Director of the Ph.D. programs in Public Health, and founding Director of the Social and Behavioral Health Interventions Laboratory. Dr. Lepore holds degrees from the University of California-Irvine, Harvard University, and Clark University. Prior to his appointment at Temple University, he held faculty positions at Carnegie Mellon University, Brooklyn College, the Graduate Center of CUNY, and Columbia University. Dr. Lepore’s work addresses basic questions about how people adjust to traumatic or chronic stressors in their lives, including cancer diagnosis and treatments, bereavement, and exposure to community violence. He has a strong interest in reducing social disparities in health, particularly through the development and application of evidence-based behavioral and social interventions. Much of his work has focused on how the social context of people’s lives influences both their exposure to stressors and their ability to cope with them. This work, which has culminated in the Social Cognitive Processing model, has been used as the basis for designing individual- and community-level interventions to promote health in vulnerable populations.

Dr. Lepore has received numerous awards in recognition of his research accomplishments, including an Award for Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology from Division 38 of the American Psychological Association, the Young Investigator Award for Outstanding Contributions to Behavioral Medicine from the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Distinguished Lecturer at Old Dominion University, Distinguished Visiting Faculty Award at University of Kentucky, and a Fulbright Award. He is a Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Researchers, and a Charter Member of the National Institutes of Health Behavioral Medicine Interventions study section. His work regularly appears in leading scientific journals in health, psychology and medicine, and has been supported by over $10 million in grants from federal agencies and private foundations.