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Program on Health and Behavioral Health

Dr. Sarah Verbiest and Dr. Lisa de Saxe Zerden, coordinators

Sarah Verbiest, Dr. P.H.Lisa de Saxe Zerden, Ph.D.From postpartum care to substance-use disorders, research conducted by faculty in the Program on Health and Behavioral Health centers on improving the understanding of psychosocial factors that affect physical, emotional, and behavioral health-related conditions, and how to address them. Faculty explore ways to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities through research that untangles the underlying etiology and mechanisms of adverse health outcomes, including health disparities. Their research focuses on the social determinants of health and using research evidence to develop interventions to foster resilience, mitigate exposure to risk, promote equity, and maximize prevention. Some substantive areas of focus include obesity, integrated models of care, perinatal health, and children with special health care needs.