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The Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services, CBHRS, was founded in 1999 as a research workgroup in the College of Arts and Sciences. This workgroup became Behavioral Health Research and Services in 2002. BHRS was granted Center status in 2008 by the UA Board of Regents. CBHRS' multi-disciplinary team of scientists, research associates, students (undergraduate, masters and doctoral) and administrators supports UAA's mission through research, evaluation, service and training. CBHRS' activities focus on the most pressing community health problems that Alaska is facing, all of which have a relationship to human behavior: alcohol misuse, FASDs, ethics, suicide, homelessness, cancer, HIV, chronic disease and aging. We partner with providers, communities and policy makers, and with each year, our network has grown in strength and diversity. In the past three years, our work has evolved to emphasize translational research, evaluation and Implementation Science, the study of disseminating and implementing evidence-based interventions within real-world settings. CBHRS engages in research, evaluation and training programs that support the leading federal and state health indicators emphasized in the U.S. Healthy People 2020 and the Healthy Alaskans 2020 strategic plans including:
Welcome back! I hope that you all had a lovely summer.
As you all know, the Program Prioritization results were released today. I want to congratulate you all for your outstanding contributions to the Department and our program review efforts. All of our major programs (BA/BS, MS, PhD) and Sponsored Research were placed in the highest category: Priority for Enhancement. Our GERs, Minor, and CBHRS were in the next tier: Consider for Enhancement, and on the support side, the PSC was in the Sustained Support category. I am really proud of the work we do, our amazing students, and our community partnerships. This is a great day for Psychology.
Looking forward to a great year. See you all next week at the retreat.
Claudia B. Lampman, Ph.D.
Director and Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Alaska Anchorage