Wellness & Behavior Change

Smoking, drinking, physical activity, diet—our behavior has a tremendous impact on our physical health, mood, quality of life, and even our economic well-being. Changing unhealthy behaviors is vital to the prevention, management, and treatment of many important health conditions.

Behavior change and wellness research at CHR focuses on areas such as tobacco use, substance abuse, weight loss, nutrition, physical activity, and the workplace. Interventions span a wide spectrum of styles. Many are clinically or community based, while others offer guided self-help programs using the Internet. We also coordinate large multi-center health behavior trials and study the return-on-investment of alternative health strategies and delivery methods. Increasingly in the last decade, CHR researchers have focused on complementary and integrative treatments to aid individuals in changing behavior and maintaining those changes.

Featured Studies


A Better Way to Manage Chronic Pain

Meet Katie, who has struggled with pain for most of her life. After participating in the Pain Program for Active Coping & Training, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health Common Fund, Katie now has the support and skills to take a more active role in managing her pain.

Dec. 2, 2015