Adherence Research Center

Mission Statement

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The Johns Hopkins Adherence Research Center (JHARC), soon to be called the Behavior and Implementation Research Center (BIRCH), is a leader in the design of innovative interventions supporting behavior change to improve health and healthcare delivery. Interventions include: promoting adherence, the measurement and evaluation of adherence within clinical trials, community and stakeholder partnerships, and implementation science. Over the last two decades, faculty have been conducting studies of adherence measurement and promotion interventions. JHARC has received continuous NIH funding for studies related to the measurement of adherence and self management interventions. In addition to investigator-initiated studies, faculty members consult with the pharmaceutical industry, nonprofit organizations, and faculty at other academic institutions. JHARC is an international leader in the development and use of electronic medication monitoring devices. Projects have included a broad age range (preschool to geriatrics) and a wide variety of illnesses (e.g., asthma, cystic fibrosis, CKD, cardiovascular disease, sickle cell disease, and diabetes). Faculty are particularly interested in identifying and addressing behavioral and social determinants associated with health outcomes and health disparities. JHARC values developing community and stakeholder partnerships on projects from research design to implementation and applies implementation science methods to improve healthcare deliver and access.

Research Labs

Consulting Areas of Expertise

  • Data Management and Statistical Analyses
  • Measurement
    • Selection
    • Development
  • Intervention Development
  • Dissemination and Implementation
    • Clinical Settings
    • Community Settings

If interested in consultations or collaborations, please visit our Faculty and Staff page for contact information.

Training Program

The JHARC faculty are dedicated to providing training and mentorship in the behavioral and psychosocial aspects of adherence research. Clinical research opportunities are available for trainees at all levels, ranging from undergraduate students through postdoctoral fellows.