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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.
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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. 
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Vermont Medicine Magazine Examines VCBH Research in "The Hidden System"

VCBH researchers explore the choices people make that can have as much effect on their health as disorders that arise from the recognized systems of the body. Finding ways to work within this hidden system and guide patients toward positive change is the mission of these physicians and scientists.
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VCBH Featured in Nature Article

The work of the VCBH was featured in an article, “Contingency Management: Why it Pays to Quit,” by Sujata Gupta, in the June 25 issue of Nature. “Bolstered by his short-term success in getting people who have become dependent on cocaine to quit, Higgins began searching for a population in which short-term changes could produce substantial benefits.”
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Allison Kurti Earns Outstanding Dissertation Award from APA

VCBH post-doc fellow Allison Kurti, Ph.D., received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Psychological Association (Division 28: Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse) during the organization's annual convention in Toronto, August 6-9, 2015. Her dissertation is entitled, "Effects of Exercise and Contingency Management on Craving and Cigarette Smoking in the Human Laboratory."

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