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Professor Garavan to Play Role in Large-Scale NIH Study of Adolescent Brain


Dr. Hugh Garavan, professor of psychiatry, will lead UVM's research efforts in a huge landmark study on the effects of substance use on the still-developing teen-aged brain. More than 10,000 children between the ages of 9 and 10 will be enrolled at a number of research institutions across the country – including more than 500 children at the UVM site – and followed for 10 years. Read the story>>>


U.S. Senator Leahy Sends Special Video Message to VCBH Conference Attendees


October 1-2, the VCBH hosted its third annual national, interdisciplinary conference to discuss and share strategies for changing the personal behavior patterns that increase health risks and contribute to health disparity problems. The conference kicked off with a special message of appreciation and support from U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont. Former President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Steven A. Schroeder, M.D., gave the kenynote address. Read the story>>>


Center and Director Higgins Profiled in Seven Days Newspaper


The August 19 issue of Seven Days Newspaper profiled research at the Vermont Center for Behavior and Health, and the work of Dr. Stephen Higgins, in "A UVM Researcher Aims to Help Addicts." Also included were Dr. Diann Gaalema and Dr. Philip Ades. Read the story>>

Higgins Featured in FDA Video Series: Tobacco Regulatory Science in Action

The FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) partners with public health agencies to conduct research that helps regulate tobacco based on the best available science. The VCBH, led by Director Steve Higgins, Ph.D., participates with studies on "Tobacco Regulatory Science in Vulnerable Populations."

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Gaalema Examines Smoking’s Impact on Behavior in Two Populations

Diann Gaalema, Ph.D., UVM assistant professor of psychiatry, is the lead author of two separate research reviews involving individuals with mental illness and/or low socio-economic status who smoke. The studies appeared in July's Tobacco Regulatory Science and April's Preventive Medicine.

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WCAX Showcases New VCBH Study Aimed at Helping Moms Quit Smoking

Stephen Higgins, Ph.D., director of the VCBH, explains that the study is looking at low-income moms who smoke and have young kids. He says only about 20 percent of these moms are able to quit smoking when they find out they're pregnant. His new $3.6 million grant aims to help them.
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VCBH Research the Topic of Vermont Edition on Vermont Public Radio

Jane Lindholm, host of VPR's Vermont Edition, spoke with Dr. Stephen Higgins, the director of the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health, and Dr. Philip Ades, the director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention at the University of Vermont Medical Center, about the research they do on risk behaviors and how incentive-based intervention minimizes these behaviors.

VCBH Receives New Grant to Help Mothers Quit Smoking

The VCBH is the recipient of a new $3.6 million R01 grant from the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development. The goal is to study 250 women and their children to help mothers to quit smoking and to decrease secondhand smoke exposure among their young children. 

Last modified October 08 2015 12:40 PM