Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences
Population sciences studies the health of populations. This multidisciplinary effort studies determinants of health and disease, and their distribution at the population level. In taking this approach, it addresses a broad range of factors impacting health. In our department, in line with our campus mission, population sciences encompasses how to build health equity in tribal and rural communities in Minnesota and the U.S., exploring such factors as diverse as the physical and social environment, and the distribution of resources, including health care.
Biobehavioral health refers to interdisciplinary research and practice at the interface of the biological with the behavioral sciences. It combines an interest in psychosocial factors in health and health behavior, along with advances in disciplines as diverse as behavioral genetics and psychoimmunology. In our department, biobehavioral health encompasses clinical practice in psychiatry, clinical psychology, counseling, and behavioral medicine. It incorporates both applied research and practice in prevention and treatment of chronic illness and behavioral health. It also includes research efforts spanning the role of stress in health, immune functioning, addiction, and disease. Finally, it includes community intervention, and broader study of risk and protective factors in health, resilience, and well-being.
Department News, Events, and Seminars
Dr. James Allen Appointed to NIH Standing Review Committee and National Academy of Sciences Steering Committee
Congratulations! Dr. James Allen was appointed by the Deputy Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to serve as a member of the Epidemiology, Prevention and Behavior Research Review Subcommittee of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Initial Review Group, (AA-2) of the NIH. Dr. James Allen was also nominated to serve as a member of a steering committee on National Statistics of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
UAF Research Hub Seeks to Help Alaska Communities Stop Suicides
University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers have received a $4.25 million federal grant to help Alaska Native communities use the most effective ways of preventing suicides.
The UAF Institute of Arctic Biology, Center for Alaska Native Health Research and College of Rural and Community Development received the five-year grant. It was one of three awarded nationwide by the National Institutes of Health.
UAF will use the grant to establish the Alaska Native Collaborative Hub for Research Resilience. The hub will help communities adopt culturally relevant strategies to prevent suicides. Dr. Jame Allen from the University of Minnesota Medical School is one of the hub's principal researchers.
Presentation at National Conference
On September 19, 2016, Dr. Jim Boulger presented a paper at the third national Beyond Flexner conference.
Dr. J. Neil Henderson Leads the Medical Discovery Team Duluth
The first Medical Discovery Team (MDT) Leader has been hired by the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. J. Neil Henderson will lead the team focused on health equity, rural health access, and American Indian health issues. He will be a professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences on the Medical School’s Duluth campus.