Center for Health Behavior Research

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The University of Pennsylvania's Center for Health Behavior Research aims to be an epicenter for fundamentals of behavioral research on the Penn campus. Together, with collaborators from the Penn community and other social science and public health professionals, we are working to advance the development, application and testing of health behavior measurement and theories in clinical and population-based research.

  • We conduct and collaborate on innovative research on prevention, intervention, and program development for health behaviors. Applied health behavior theory is central to our work.
  • We collaborate with other researchers to develop and evaluate relevant health behavior measurement tools to answer research questions.
  • We provide consultation to behavioral researchers who want to develop or refine a theoretical basis for their line of inquiry.
  • We provide a center for training, mentoring and supporting students, postdoctoral fellows and junior scientists in health behavior research.


Established in 2009, the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Health Behavior Research is an institution-wide collaborative effort, dedicated to conducting health behavior research, fostering advances in measurement of health behaviors, advancing the use of health behavior theory, and promoting collaboration among faculty, fellows and students. 




Center for Heath Behavior Research
University of Pennsylvania
837 Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021

Office Number: 215-573-4529
Fax Number: 215-573-5315