Faculty and staff members in the Division of Behavioral Medicine & Neurosciences conduct research in both of these areas.
Behavioral medicine is an interdisciplinary field focused on the integration of behavioral, psychosocial and biomedical science in an effort to understand, prevent and treat disease. Changes in behavior and lifestyle can improve health, prevent disease and reduce symptoms of illness, including cardiovascular diseases, pain syndromes, diabetes and gastrointestinal disorders. Behavioral medicine faculty develop and implement innovative behavioral interventions that combine research, cutting-edge technology and the best clinical practices to promote healthy lifestyles, prevent disease and reduce the impact of chronic illnesses.
Neuroscience is focused on what happens to the nervous system when people have psychiatric, neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders. Research in neuroscience in this division is concentrated on discovery research to uncover disease mechanisms, novel biomarkers and candidate treatments of central nervous system disorders, as well as clinical research for translating high impact discoveries from the laboratory to the bedside.