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Behavioral Medicine

Behavioral Medicine is the interdisciplinary field concerned with the development and integration of behavioral, psychosocial, and biomedical science knowledge and techniques relevant to the understanding of health and illness, and the application of this knowledge and these techniques to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. As such, behavioral medicine constitutes a core discipline for general internal medicine. Hopkins GIM is home to one of the nation’s oldest training grants in behavioral and preventive medicine, Research Training Program in Behavioral Aspects of Heart and Vascular Diseases, sponsored by the NHLBI and co-directed by Dr. Felicia Hill-Briggs and the founding program director Dr. David Levine. An enhanced behavioral science curriculum features content in Lifestyle and Behavior Change and Maintenance, Social and Cultural Factors, and Cognition/Neuropsychology of Heart and Vascular Diseases.

Information about the faculty working in this research area and their projects is provided below.

Photo of Dr. Lawrence J. Appel, M.D., M.P.H.

Appel, Lawrence J., M.D., M.P.H.

Professor of Medicine
Director, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, The Johns Hopkins University
The C. David Molina, M.D., M.P.H. Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and International Health
Research Interests: Hypertension, Cardiovascular and Kidney Disease Prevention, Lifestyle Modification
Photo of Dr. Mary Catherine Beach, M.D., M.P.H.

Beach, Mary Catherine, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor of Medicine
Research Interests: Health care quality for underserved populations, Patient-clinician communication, Sickle-cell disease, HIV and substance abuse, Bioethics, Respect
Photo of Dr. Lisa Angeline Cooper, M.D., M.P.H.

Cooper, Lisa Angeline, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor of Medicine
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Health and Healthcare Equity
James F. Fries Professor of Medicine
Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity
Core Faculty, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research
Research Interests: Race/ethnic health disparities, Patient-centered care, Patient-Physician relationships and communication
Photo of Dr. Daniel Ernest Ford, M.D., M.P.H.

Ford, Daniel Ernest, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor of Medicine
Joint Appointment in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation
Research Interests: Epidemiology and treatment of depression, Physician health, Internet health applications, Primary care research, Tobacco use, Stroke, Information technology, Coronary artery disease, Myocardial infarction
Photo of Dr. Felicia Hill-Briggs, Ph.D.

Hill-Briggs, Felicia, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine
Senior Director of Population Health Research and Development, Johns Hopkins HealthCare, LLC
Director of Diabetes Research, Trinidad and Tobago Health Sciences Initiative, Johns Hopkins International
Director, Behavior and Psychometrics Sub-Core, Diabetes Research Center
Core Faculty, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research
Research Interests: Neuropsychology, Chronic disease self-management, Functional impairment and disability, Health disparities, Behavioral intervention trials
Photo of Dr. David M. Levine, M.D.

Levine, David M., M.D.

Professor of Medicine
Director, Office of Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs, Department of Medicine
Director, Pre- and Post-doctoral Cardiovascular Research Training Grant in Behavioral and Preventive Aspects of Heart and Vascular Diseases
Core Faculty, Berman Institute of Bioethics
Research Interests: Behavioral aspects of prevention, Community-based prevention of cardiovascular disease

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