Mark Your Calendars

The 5th Annual VCBH Conference is set for October 5-6, 2017 at the Burlington Hilton.


Sarah Heil, Ph.D., earned the “Mid-Career Investigator Award” at the inaugural Dean’s Excellence in Research event for The Larner College of Medicine.

Ivori Zvorsky, predoctoral fellow, won the Outstanding Student Poster Award at the ABCT Conference.

Brian Sprague, Ph.D., was interviewed on NPR for his paper on breast density assessment in Annals of Internal Medicine. 

Stephen T. Higgins, Ph.D., was elected into the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research.

John Hughes, M.D., is the inaugural recipient of the ATTUD Excellence in Tobacco Treatment, Training and Advocacy Award.

Nancy Bercaw authored an article about re-thinking Alzheimer's disease in the New York Times Health Section on June 21. 

Philip Ades, M.D., is one of four UVM University Scholars for 2015-2016.

Brian Sprague, Ph.D., received an "Article of the Year" award from American Journal of Epidemiology for “Variation in breast cancer–risk factor associations by method of detection: results from a series of case-control studies." 

VCBH Research News

VCBH Presents Special Journal Issue on Chronic Health Challenges

PM Special Issue 2016As health care systems in the United States and other industrialized countries are adapting to accommodate the increasing negative impact of cigarette smoking, other substance abuse and obesity, science is turning to personal behavior change for solutions. To share the latest research in effectively managing these problems, Stephen T. Higgins, Ph.D., UVM professor of psychiatry and VCBH director, collaborated with experts on a third annual special issue of the journal Preventive Medicine.

“We devote considerable space to the longstanding challenges of reducing cigarette smoking and use of other tobacco and nicotine delivery products in vulnerable populations, obesity, and for the first time food insecurity,” Higgins writes in his introduction. “Across each of these topics we include contributions from highly accomplished policymakers and scientists to acquaint readers with recent accomplishments as well as remaining knowledge gaps and challenges.”

The takeaway, explains Higgins, is that effectively promoting health-related behavior change needs to be a key component of health care research and policy. And while these problems extend throughout the population, he adds, they disproportionately impact economically disadvantaged populations and other vulnerable populations and represent a major contributor to health disparities.

Read the November 2016 Special Issue of Preventive Medicine. 

VCBH Director and Former Postdoc Publish in Pediatrics


Yukiko Washio, Ph.D., former postdoc fellow with the VCBH and current research faculty member in Behavioral Health and Nutrition at the University of Delaware, collaborated with VCBH Director Stephen T. Higgins, Ph.D., among others, on an paper recently accepted by the journal Pediatrics. The article, "Incentive-based Intervention to Maintain Breastfeeding among Low-income Puerto Rican Mothers," will debut online followed by a print edition. 

VCBH's Sigmon Letter Published in Journal Lancet

fx2_lrgThe October 15, 2016 issue of The Lancet features a letter from VCBH Investigator Stacey C. Sigmon, Ph.D., also the Director of the Chittenden Clinic opioid treatment program, about her recent project to promote healthy eating among methodone- and buprenorphine-maintained patients. From July to Oct. 2015, Sigmon and colleagues collaborated with a local farm to establish a farmstand in the clinic's waiting room wherein participants could pick up weekly deliveries of fresh, free seasonal produce. Read Sigmon's letter. 

Mayo Clinic Proceedings' Article by VCBH Associate Director Maps Ways to Increase Cardiac Rehabilitation Participation

logoMore than two million Americans experience some type of a cardiac event every year. Whether they’ve had a heart attack or coronaryrevascularization procedure, such as bypass surgery or coronary stent placement, doctors typically recommended these patients participate in Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) as outpatients. Despite the proven benefits of increased longevity and reduced hospitalizations with CR, only 20 to 30 percent of eligible patients actually participate. An article published online, November 14, 2016, in Mayo Clinic Proceedings by lead author Philip Ades, M.D., Associate Director of the VCBH, identifies ways to increase participation rates to at least 70 percent among eligible patients: an outcome that, if adopted nationwide, could save 25,000 lives and reduce hospitalizations by 180,000 annually. See Ades' video for MCP.