Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services

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:

  • increasing access to health services and clinical preventive services;
  • increasing access to mental health services;
  • reducing the rates of suicide and interpersonal violence;
  • increasing the numbers of adults and children who meet nutrition and physical activity guidelines;
  • lowering the U.S. and Alaska's obesity rate;
  • curtailing misuse of alcohol, drugs and tobacco.
  • CBHRS' partnerships assure the regional relevance of our programs and facilitate the dissemination of
  • evidence-based behavioral interventions into policy, community, and practice 

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