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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

Higgins and Heil Receive Faculty Recognition Awards

May 3, 2023 by Charles Brooks

Stephen Higgins, PhD, Director of the VCBH, and Sarah Heil, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Director of UVM TCORS, have each been honored with 2023 UVM Faculty Recognition Awards for their accomplishments in scholarship, teaching, and advising. Dr. Higgins is a recipient of the University Distinguished Professor Award, and Dr. Heil has earned the University Scholars Award.
Stephen Higgins, PhD, Director of the VCBH, and Sarah Heil, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Director of UVM TCORS, have each been honored with 2023 UVM Faculty Recognition Awards for their accomplishments in scholarship, teaching, and advising. Dr. Higgins is a recipient of the University Distinguished Professor Award, and Dr. Heil has earned the University Scholars Award.

The University Distinguished Professor Award is the highest academic honor that UVM bestows upon a faculty member, and is reserved for the university's most prominent faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to advancing knowledge in their disciplines. The selection of Dr. Higgins for the award honors his eminence in his field of study and the transformative nature of his contributions to advancing knowledge.

The University Scholars Award recognizes sustained excellent in research, creative, and scholarly activities as well as the encouragement of a climate of scholarship at UVM. Dr. Heil is this year's recipient in the category of Basic and Applied Science, honoring her excellence in her field and her ability to foster academic achievement in others.

The Faculty Recognition Awards allow UVM to honor excellence and academic achievement in its most accomplished faculty members. To learn more about the awards, click here.