The Vermont Center on Behavior and Health (VCBH), led by Director Stephen T. Higgins, PhD, is an interdisciplinary research center committed to investigating relationships between personal behavior patterns (i.e., lifestyle) and risk for chronic disease and premature death. Our work has historically focused on health disparities for the most vulnerable populations, particularly among the socioeconomically disadvantaged where these risk factors are overrepresented.


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Located in Burlington, VT at the University of Vermont, Larner College of Medicine, VCBH researchers have a specific focus on understanding mechanisms underpinning risk and developing effective interventions and policies to promote healthy behavior. A common thread across VCBH research projects is the application of knowledge from the disciplines of behavioral economics and behavioral pharmacology to increase understanding of vulnerability to unhealthy behavior and the use of incentives and other behavioral and pharmacological interventions to support healthy behavior change interventions and policies.

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Upcoming VCBH Events


February Lecture Series: Erin Winstanley, PhD

Visiting Professor
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
February 21, 2024
12:00-1:00 PM
Davis Auditorium, UVM Medical Center

March Lecture Series: Cancelled

Many of the VCBH's faculty and trainees will be attending the SRNT annual meeting in Scotland at this time and will not be available for this month's lecture.

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VCBH Career Opportunities

Predoctoral & Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. Click here for more information.

Health Care Professional needed to work with a Principal Investigator to deliver prolonged exposure (PE) therapy via telemedicine to research participants. Click here for complete job posting.


VCBH Fellow Joins the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Munroe-Meyer Institute

June 19, 2020 by Nicole Twohig

Catalina Rey, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow, will join the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Munroe-Meyer Institute as an assistant professor.

The Vermont Center on Behavior and Health (VCBH) is pleased to announce that Catalina Rey, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow, will join the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Munroe-Meyer Institute as an assistant professor. Dr. Rey will provide services for children with autism; teach and mentor Ph.D. students; and continue research endeavors.

Dr. Rey worked with VCBH’s Dr. Sarah Heil on a randomized controlled trial assessing an intervention to promote more effective contraceptive use among women receiving medication for opioid use disorder. “My time at VCBH has been extremely valuable and filled with opportunities to work on meaningful research and grow as a scientist. I am especially grateful for the mentorship, support, and guidance I received from Dr. Sarah Heil during my time here,” shared Dr. Rey.