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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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VCBH Presents Preventive Medicine Ninth Special Issue, November 2022

December 21, 2022 by Charles Brooks

The November 2022 Special Issue of Preventive Medicine is now available. The ninth in a series that focuses on behavior change, health, and health disparities, this issue includes select research in the field of tobacco control and regulatory science. VCBH Director Stephen Higgins, PhD organized the selection of papers and acted as guest editor.

The November 2022 Special Issue of Preventive Medicine is now available. The ninth in a series that focuses on behavior change, health, and health disparities, this issue includes select research in the field of tobacco control and regulatory science. VCBH Director Stephen Higgins, PhD organized the selection of papers and acted as guest editor.

The issue, “Behavior Change, Health, and Health Disparities 2022: Innovations in Tobacco Control and Regulatory Science to Decrease Cigarette Smoking,” includes research from VCBH researchers and presenters who participated in the VCBH 9th Annual Conference in October 2021.

“This year we focus on cigarette smoking, which continues to have devastating health impacts including more than 8 million annual premature deaths globally and 480,000 in the U.S. where most of the research reported in this Special Issue was conducted,” said Dr. Higgins. “While the introduction of new tobacco products into the marketplace like electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) demands attention, it is essential that we remain focused on the enormous challenges involved in eliminating cigarette smoking.”

The Special Issue is available online through Science Direct here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/preventive-medicine/special-issue/10JQT3KM7KF.