Behavioral Medicine is "the aggregate of the specific educational, scientific, and professional contributions of the disciplines of psychology, biomedical, and social sciences to the promotion and maintenance of health, the prevention and treatment of illness, the identification of etiologic and diagnostic correlates of health, illness, and related dysfunction, and to the analysis and improvement of the health care system and health policy formation."
Joseph Matarazzo, 1982, Oregon Health Sciences University
Welcome to the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at The Miriam Hospital. The Centers are guided by a commitment to academic research and training at the pre- and post- doctoral level.
The Centers were established in 1990 at The Miriam Hospital, developing from the Division of Behavioral Medicine, which was founded in 1976. In 1998, the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine were officially designated as representing Brown Medical School and the Lifespan Academic Medical Center's programs for research and training in behavioral and preventive Medicine.
The Centers employ approximately 30 faculty, 15 trainees and over 70 staff members. In 2012, the Centers received approximately $12 million in direct and indirect external funding.
The day-to-day work of the Centers provides faculty and staff the opportunity to live up to a critical mission:
To conduct innovative research involving interdisciplinary, behavioral approaches to the prevention and treatment of disease.
To train the next generation of leading interdisciplinary scientists in behavioral and preventive medicine research.
To serve as the focal point and resource for research, training, and education in behavioral and preventive medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
The Centers research addresses the leading lifestyle causes of disease burden and death. Research projects at The Centers cut across the leading chronic diseases and conditions that affect health and quality of life including: cancer, cardiovascular, respiratory, diabetes, and infectious diseases (e.g. HIV/AIDS).