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Vermont Center for Behavior and Health~ 2015 Annual Report

Stephen T. Higgins, Ph.D., Director and Virginia H. Donaldson, M.D.’51 Professor in Translational Science

The Vermont Center on Behavior and Health (VCBH) is developing and sustaining a vibrant interdisciplinary center of research excellence focused on greater scientific understanding of the mechanisms underpinning risk behaviors, and more effective interventions to promote behavior change. Investigators approach these challenges from a behavioral economics conceptual framework through interdisciplinary collaborations within UVM and our community, as well as five other universities — Brown, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Brandeis and Johns Hopkins.

The VCBH, established in 2013, is sponsored in part by a Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Award from the National Institute on General Medical Sciences, and a Centers of Tobacco Regulatory Science (TCORS) Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. VCBH was awarded two new grants this fiscal year, including a $2.9 million R01 grant from the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development to study 250 women and their children to help mothers to quit smoking, and to decrease secondhand smoke exposure among their young children.

VCBH faculty published approximately 75 articles in scientific journals, and their work was featured in several national media outlets. A letter to the editor from Stacey Sigmon, Ph.D., (in response to an article about heroin addiction in Vermont) was published in the New York Times.

The VCBH continued to host its annual national, interdisciplinary conference, with more than 150 attendees. U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont sent a personal video message of support.

VCBH’s Lecture Series brought eight speakers to campus. In late July 2014, VCBH trainees participated in a day-long retreat.

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