WE: a neuroscience-inspired, behavior change program

Jim Hudziak Biography PhotoUVM WE was created by UVM Larner College of Medicine professor & Chief of Child Psychiatry, Dr. Jim Hudziak, in order to create an environment to incentivize college students to build healthy brains & healthy bodies.

What is WE (in pictures!)

  UVM Wellness Environment

CBS This Morning Visits the Wellness Environment!




WE students can choose to participate in a 3-credit course, Healthy Brains, Healthy Bodies (HBHB), taught by leading experts in the field. Students explore how the choices they make everyday play a role in brain health and development. Then, they put that knowledge into practice in WE.

Students also have the option to take introduction to Nutrition or Public health courses.


LCOMU Behavioral Change Minor

The Behavioral Change Health Studies curriculum exposes students to cutting edge research with a focus on behavioral change science embedded in the programmatic research and clinical programs at the Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families.


WE student uses WE App on iPhone

WE App Research Study

The WE Research Study seeks to determine the effectiveness of incentivizing college students to engage in more healthy behaviors through the use of technology. The UVM WE App is a research & health promotion tool utilizing incentive-based behavior change.


WE students

Forever WE

Forever WE is a way for the Wellness Environment to stay in contact and spread wellness to those who no longer live in WE Residence Halls. All full-time UVM students who have lived in WE for two full years are eligible. If you are a transfer student please reach out to wellenv@uvm.edu. 


WEventure is an early experience opportunity for incoming first year student in the Wellness Environment. Check out our site to learn more! 

WEventure will not run for 2022, but we will be back in August 2023!





All WE students agree to voluntarily participate in the four pillars of wellness with an open and respectful mind, to take COMU001 in their first semester, and to maintain a space free of the presence and/or influence of alcohol and drugs.