Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors (CSHRB)

CSHRB is committed to improving the health of the public by eradicating the harm caused by engagement in a variety of health risk behaviors, through the development and implementation of novel prevention and treatment approaches.

Main Challenge

We seek to understand, and respond to the challenges of, the unique and common factors underlying the development and maintenance of addictive and health risk behaviors, their co-morbidity with other mental health disorders, and the effective elements of prevention and brief treatment as applied to a wide range of presenting problems and special populations. We also seek to understand healthy developmental transitions and ways to increase positive health behaviors.

Our Approach

  • Our research is driven by an interdisciplinary and multilevel perspective, incorporating individual, family, social network, community, and policy-level predictors and interventions to assess outcomes ranging from individual benefit to public cost.
  • We are inclusive of and attentive to the needs of diverse populations, and partner with community agencies and other institutions to develop and implement our research and translate our research findings to practice.
  • We maintain the highest standards of scientific rigor and ethical conduct, and utilize cutting edge research methods and statistical techniques to contribute to the knowledge base relevant to our mission.

Mary Larimer, PhD
Director, CSHRB