Welcome to Biobehavorial Health Disparities Research Group


Our Mission

Our research examines the role of psychosocial factors on biobehavioral outcomes of chronic disease in the context of cancer health disparities. We look at how psychoneroendocrinology and cancer prevention and control impacts the development and evaluation of culturally appropriate behavioral interventions. We are interested in the development and evaluation of culturally appropriate cancer survivorship programs using a biobehavior approach.

Key Research Themes

  • Community Based Participatory Research – “collaborative approach to research that equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique strengths that each brings. CBPR begins with a research topic of importance to the community, has the aim of combining knowledge with action and achieving social change to improve health outcomes and eliminate health disparities.” Kellog Health Scholars
  • Survivorship – “In cancer, survivorship focuses on the health and life of a person with cancer post treatment until the end of life. It covers the physical, psychosocial, and economic issues of cancer, beyond the diagnosis and treatment phases. Survivorship includes issues related to the ability to get health care and follow-up treatment, late effects of treatment, second cancers, and quality of life. Family members, friends, and caregivers are also considered part of the survivorship experience.” National Cancer Institute