The researchers highlighted below have been awarded at least one Behavioral Research Program-funded NIH grant. Read on to learn about their experiences as grantees.
Note: The views expressed here are those of the grantees only and do not represent any official position of the National Cancer Institute.
Health Behaviors Research Branch
- Arizona State University
My 'ah-ha!' moment came in 2010 when I began to observe the dynamic interplay of sleep and physical activity behaviors. When time increases in one behavior, time in other behaviors inevitably changes, and this interrelatedness is often not accounted for in our interventions. I believe that the key to improve both sleep and physical activity may lie at their intersection (i.e., sedentary behavior), given that it accounts for such a large portion of our day; and even small, cumulative changes can make a big difference.”
- University of Minnesota - School of Public Health
Large behavioral trials have shown that physical activity and a healthful dietary pattern are highly efficacious in preventing the most common diseases in our society; now we need environment and culture change to reduce inequities across our population.”
- Michigan State University
I first became interested in how neighborhood green spaces may improve health through my work in New Zealand, where green spaces tend to be high quality and accessible. Now I live in Michigan, where Detroit is recovering from decades of disinvestment in its parks. While improvements have been made, neighborhoods remain where the city's parks renaissance has not reached. This study allows us to test how restoring parks to be vibrant green spaces may contribute to health in underserved communities.”
- University of Alabama at Birmingham
The most profound influences on my research program have come from clinical encounters and qualitative research, in which patients/participants are often eager to eat healthier and exercise more but describe real barriers to accessing related programs/resources (costs, transportation, etc.) and desire encouragement and accountability.”
- Roswell Park Cancer Institute Corp
I always knew there was something special about my work, but it wasn't until I presented my findings to a neighboring University I realized how strong my pilot data really was.”