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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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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 News

New Commentary on Contingency Management Published in JAMA Psychiatry

March 10, 2021 by Nicole Twohig

On March 3, 2021, JAMA Psychiatry published "Bringing Together Behavioral Science, Community Engagement, and Cultural Adaptations to Increase Alcohol Abstinence Among American Indian and Alaska Native People Using Contingency Management Therapy," authored by Stephanie S. O’Malley, PhD; Maria C. Crouch, MS; Stephen T. Higgins, PhD.

On March 3, 2021, JAMA Psychiatry published "Bringing Together Behavioral Science, Community Engagement, and Cultural Adaptations to Increase Alcohol Abstinence Among American Indian and Alaska Native People Using Contingency Management Therapy," authored by Stephanie S. O’Malley, PhD1Maria C. Crouch, MS1Stephen T. Higgins, PhD2.

The editorial provides insight into the reported the results of a 12-week multisite randomized clinical trial of CM for the treatment of AUD among American Indian and Alaska Native adults in which rewards were provided for abstinence verified by ethyl glucuronide (EtG), a biomarker of recent alcohol use conducted by McDonell et al. Since little has been done in the way of randomized clinical trials and/or multisite research studies that acknowledge the geographic, tribal, and cultural diversity among American Indian and Alaska Native populations, McDonnell et al's results in "Effect of Incentives for Alcohol Abstinence in Partnership with 3 American Indian and Alaska Native Communities" show notable areas of strength.