About Behavioral Medicine

About Behavioral Medicine

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. Among the first Behavioral Medicine programs in the country, the Duke Behavioral Medicine Division is dedicated to excellence in patient care, teaching, and research.

The behavioral medicine faculty develop and implement innovative behavioral interventions that combine research, cutting-edge technology, and best clinical practices to promote healthy lifestyles, prevent disease, and reduce the impact of chronic illnesses.

Behavioral Medicine Research Leader

Duke Division of Behavioral Medicine has a long-standing tradition of excellence in translational and clinical research.  Changes in behavior and lifestyle can improve health, prevent disease, and reduce symptoms of illness including cardiovascular diseases, pain syndromes, diabetes, and gastrointestinal disorders.

A number of clinical trials are currently under way that are aimed at helping individuals achieve behavioral changes in order to improve their health  and functioning in such areas as cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, obesity and weight management, and smoking cessation.