Center for Behavioral Science Research


To conduct state-of-the-art research and training in behavioral science and health behavior change using clinical and public health approaches to improve health among diverse populations, across the lifespan. Specifically, our focus is to:

  • Investigate methods of motivating health behavior change (Motivational Interviewing; biomarker feedback).
  • Investigate new technologies and channels to deliver health behavior change interventions.
  • Investigate the physiological and psychological mechanisms of health behavior change.
  • Develop and test health behavior change interventions for a variety of underserved cultures and subpopulations (e.g., psychiatric, medical, ethnic).
  • Use qualitative data, theory, and community-based participatory methods to develop treatments.
  • Participate in transdisciplinary collaborations to develop innovate approaches to changing health behaviors and improving health outcomes.


Content areas of specialization: Smoking cessation/tobacco use/Second hand smoke; oral health; mobile health (text messaging/apps); medication and treatment adherence; risk perception; Motivational Interviewing.

Contact: Dr. Belinda Borrelli
Director, Center for Behavioral Science Research
Professor, Health Policy and Health Services Research
Boston University, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Director, BU Mobile and Electronic Health ARC
Visiting Professor, The University of Manchester