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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

Monthly Lecture Series
Hugh Garavan, PhD and Alexandra Potter, PhD
December 21, 2022
Davis Auditorium, UVM Medical Cente

View videos and slides from our FY23 series
on our FY23 Archives Page.

 

Visit the Center on Rural Addiction

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VCBH Career Opportunities

Check back soon for openings.


VCBH has multiple postdoctoral openings with Dr. Sarah Heil.

Visit our Career Opportunities page to learn more about open positions and how to apply.

 

VCBH News

Brian Sprague, MD Discusses Latest Cancer Statistics

March 4, 2021 by Nicole Twohig

Dr. Brian Sprague, Director of the Vermont Breast Cancer Surveillance System and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont and Senior Epidemiologist at the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health discussed the latest American Cancer Society findings with local TV network WCAX.

In January 2021, the American Cancer Society (ACS) released their annual report on cancer facts in the US. The report estimates the number of new cancer diagnoses and deaths for the current year and are some of the most widely quoted cancer statistics in the world. The full article, Cancer Statistics, 2021 was published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. The findings are also available in a companion report, Cancer Facts and Figures 2021, and available at the interactive Cancer Statistics Center website.

Dr. Brian Sprague, Director of the Vermont Breast Cancer Surveillance System and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont and Senior Epidemiologist at the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health discussed the latest ACS findings with local TV network WCAX.

Dr. Sprague also provided additional insight for this piece, stating “the decline in cancer mortality in the US represents improvements in prevention, screening, and treatment for many cancers.” He noted that lung cancer makes up 25% of all cancer deaths in the US, more than breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer combined and emphasized that the decline in lung cancer mortality is the biggest contribution to the observed overall decline in cancer mortality in the USA. Tying these national statistics back to Vermont, Dr. Sprague indicated that it has been estimated that one third of cancer deaths in VT are due to smoking.

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