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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Drs. Higgins and Klemperer Participate in the 2021 Virtual North East Regional IDeA Conference

October 14, 2021 by Nicole Twohig

Dr. Higgins co-chaired the session, Emerging Research on Addiction and Overdose. Dr. Klemperer and Dr. Higgins both presented during this time and the video is now available on YouTube.

Over three days in August, the Rhode Island IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (RI-INBRE) hosted the 2021 virtual North East Regional Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Conference. The conference brought together researchers from IDeA programs throughout Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, including VCBH Director Stephen T. Higgins, PhD and Assistant Professor Elias Klemperer, PhD.

Dr. Higgins co-chaired the session, Emerging Research on Addiction and Overdose. Dr. Klemperer presented, “Preliminary Findings from a Statewide Evaluation of the Implementation of Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) in Vermont Correctional Facilities.” You can now view his presentation on YouTube beginning at the 26.40- minute mark. Dr. Higgins discussed the "Challenge of Psychomotor Stimulant Use" as a special session bonus. This can be viewed beginning at the 2 hour 7 minute mark.

Additional presentations can be found on the conference website.