Faculty at the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine

Over the past twenty years, the Centers have experienced tremendous growth. The Centers have generated a cumulative total of well over $100 million in external research revenue support since their creation. The dedicated faculty have allowed the Centers to earn a national and growing international reputation as leaders in the field.

The Centers' faculty is committed to both basic research on discovering the mechanisms underlying behavioral factors in health and illness, as well as to applied research on the translation of these discoveries for clinical and community health improvement. The Centers' faculty have a range of training backgrounds from psychology and behavioral science to exercise science, biostatistics and medical anthropology. Their research addresses the leading lifestyle causes of disease burden and death - tobacco, diet, and physical activity, as well as many other behaviors relevant to improving health outcomes and health care delivery.

Michael Carey, PhD
Director, Centers for Behavioral and Preventative Medicine





bockBeth Bock, PhD
Health Communications and Technology; Motivating Behavior Change; Physical Activity Promotion; Nicotine and Substance Abuse





Dale S. Bond, PhD
Behavioral Aspects of Bariatric Surgery; Diabetes Research; Physical Activity Promotion; Weight Control





shiraShira Dunsiger, PhD





FavaJoseph Fava, PhD
Applied Measure Development; Exploratory and Confirmatory Dimensional Analysis; Multivariate Statistics





GuthrieKate Guthrie, PhD
HIV Prevention (Biomedical Products and Device Development; Behavior Change); Qualitative Health Research Methods





Elissa Jelalian, PhD





Ernestine Jennings, PhD
Health Disparities Research; Physical Activity Promotion; Smoking Cessation





japuntichSandra Japuntich, PhD
Tobacco Dependence, Tobacco Cessation Treatment, Medical and Psychiatric Comorbidities





Tricia Leahey, PhD





LaRoseJessica LaRose, PhD
Diabetes Research; Weight Control





Jason Lillis, PhD

Jeanne McCaffery, PhD
Genetics in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine; Twin and Family Studies; Weight Control





nelsonKimberly M. Nelson, PhD, MPH

Kimberly M. Nelson, PhD, MPH is an assistant professor (research) of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a research scientist in the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at The Miriam Hospital. She earned her MPH in epidemiology from the University of Washington (UW) and a PhD in clinical psychology also from UW. Having both a public health and psychology background, she focuses on community- and population-level health implications while conducting individual-level behavioral research.

Kimberly's research focuses on psychological and structural factors associated with the transmission or acquisition of HIV among sexual and racial/ethnic minority populations, particularly among men who have sex with men (MSM). Her current work focuses on media influences on risk behaviors among sexual minority adolescents. She is funded by a K23 award from NIMH (K23MH109346) during which she will develop an online sexual health media literacy intervention to promote adolescent sexual minority males’ critical examination of online media and decrease their sexual risk-taking.

rosenRochelle Rosen, PhD
Diabetes Research; Health Disparities Research; HIV Prevention; Qualitative Health Research Methods





elenaElena Salmoirago-Blotcher, MD, PhD





Lori Scott-Sheldon, PhD





stroudLaura Stroud, PhD
Maternal-Infant-Child Stress Studies; Neurobehavioral Mechanisms; Tobacco and Substance Use Research, Health Disparities Research





J. Graham Thomas, PhD





UnickJessica Unick, PhD





Sara Vargas  

Rena Wing, PhD
Diabetes Research; Health Communications and Technology; Sleep Medicine; Weight Control





Faculty at the Centers are affiliated with the following academic departments/centers within the Brown Medical School: