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Health, Mental Health, and Behavioral Health

Physical, mental, and behavioral health influence each other and impact an individual’s relationship to the people, spaces, and systems around them. Supporting the broad range of health and well-being depends on evidence-informed and responsive policies and practices. Toward this end, our faculty are identifying the psychosocial factors that affect health-related conditions – such as postpartum conditions, perinatal health, obesity, substance use disorders, serious mental illness, as well as health consequences of prejudice, bias, and racism – and in turn are developing interventions that foster resilience, reduce risk, advance equity, transforming systems, and improve lives.


  • Innovative and Strategic Prevention in Racial and Ethnic Disparities (INSPIRED) Lab
  • Living F.R.E.E. Lab (Research Focused on Reducing Excessive Eating)

Faculty: Joy Noel Baumgartner, Betsy Bledsoe, Dean Duncan, Trenette Clark Goings, Rachel Goode, Will Hall, Michael Lambert, Paul Lanier, Melissa Lippold, Rain Masa, Cindy Fraga Rizo, Millicent Robinson, Ankur Srivastava, Virginia Strand, Tonya Van Deinse, Orrin Ware, Amy Blank Wilson, Lisa Zerden, Sheryl Zimmerman