Health Behavior Research & Implementation Science (HBRIS)

Judith Wylie-Rosett, Ed.D.
Interim HEAD: Judith Wylie-Rosett, Ed.D., R.D.N., F.A.H.A.

Health behaviors, lifestyle, environment, policy, and other social-ecological factors play critical roles in disease prevention and control. Access to evidence-based interventions and high quality health information and care can provide a foundation for eliminating health disparities. Our mission is to:

  1. Advance understanding of behavioral, nutritional, and environmental factors, as well as policies that affect physical health and psychosocial well-being.
  2. Increase dissemination and implementation of effective approaches for improving care at the local and global level, with emphasis on promoting health equity.

HBRIS Faculty: The academic/professional backgrounds of our multidisciplinary faculty include anthropology, business administration, epidemiology, health education, medicine, nutrition-dietetics and psychology (clinical health, community).

Faculty Collaborative Initiatives & Partnerships

Bronx Oncology Living Daily (BOLD)

Alyson Robblee-Moadel, Director
Cancer wellness program includes peer navigation and mentoring for cancer patients (BOLD Buddies) and their children (BOLD Brothers and Sisters)
https://www.einstein.yu.edu/cancercenter/support
https://tinyurl.com/BOLDpgmVideo

Bronx Community Health Network

David Lounsbury, Collaborating Investigator
https://www.bchnhealth.org/

Cancer Epidemiology, Prevention and Control

Bruce Rapkin, Program Co-Leader
https://www.einstein.yu.edu/centers/cancer/research-programs/cancer-epidemiology-prevention-control/

Center for Systems and Community Design, CUNY School of Public Health

David Lounsbury, Collaborating Investigator
https://www.cunycscd.org/

Global Health Center

Adebola Adedimeji and David  Lounsbury, Center Faculty
http://www.einstein.yu.edu/centers/global-health/

University of Ibadan, College of Medicine
David Lounsbury, Collaborating Investigator
https://com.ui.edu.ng/

Institute for Community Research

David Lounsbury, Collaborating Investigator
https://icrweb.org/

HBRIS Wordle

Harold and Muriel Block INSTITUTE FOR CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH at Einstein and Montefiore

Community Engagement & Collaboration Core
Alvin Strelnick, Director

Life Span & Special Population Core
Carmen Isasi, Co-Director

Program Evaluation
David Lounsbury

https://www.einstein.yu.edu/centers/ictr/

Healing Communities Study

Bruce Rapkin, Damara Gutnick, David Lounsbury, Collaborating Investigators
https://www.montefiore.org/multimillion-dollar-nih-grant-to-help-reduce-opioid-use-get-care-to-people-who-need-it

Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of  Latinos (HCHS/SOL)

Bronx Field Center
Robert C. Kaplan (PI), Carmen R. Isasi (co-PI)

SOL Nutrition & Physical Activity Assessment Study (SOLNAS)
Yasmin  Mossavar-Rahmani, PI

SOL-Youth
Carmen Isasi, PI;

Cardiometabolic Outcomes in Multi-Ethnic Physical Activity & Sedentary behavior Study (COMPASS)
Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani, MPI with Robert C. Kaplan & Vasan Ramachandran

https://sites.cscc.unc.edu/hchs/front-page-news

Montefiore Hudson Valley Collaborative

Damara Gutnick, Medical Director
https://montefiorehvc.org/

Community Networks
https://montefiorehvc.org/community/

What Matters to You? (WMTY) Tool and Resources
https://montefiorehvc.org/what-matters-to-you/

More WMTY Materials
https://montefiore.ent.box.com/s/t07ax771qi3ubqdbjww1hqqxde3svr63

Library Intervention video
https://vimeo.com/358366525

Paramedic Program video
https://vimeo.com/391047498

Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University

David Lounsbury, Collaborating Investigator
https://case.edu/swetland/

Multicultural Healthy Diet Study to Reduce Cognitive Decline & Alzheimer’s Disease Risk

Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani, PI
http://www.einstein.yu.edu/news/releases/1278/nih-funds-research-to-fight-alzheimers-disease-with-anti-inflammatory-diet/

NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP)

Bruce Rapkin, MPI for Cancer Care Delivery Research
Montefiore/Einstein Minority/Underserved Community Site
https://ncorp.cancer.gov

New York Regional Center for Diabetes Translational Research (CDTR)

Jeffrey Gonzalez, Director
Judith Wylie-Rosett, Co-Director
Earle Chambers, Associate Director
Carmen Isasi, Associate Director
CDTR Core Services for diabetes/obesity translational research
http://www.einstein.yu.edu/centers/diabetes-translational-research/

Translational Intervention Methodology Core
Jeffrey Gonzalez, Director
Judith Wylie-Rosett, Co-Director
http://www.einstein.yu.edu/centers/diabetes-translational-research/timc/

Life Course Methodology Core
Carmen Isasi, Director
http://www.einstein.yu.edu/centers/diabetes-translational-research/lcmc/

Population Health and Health Systems Core
Earle Chambers, Director
http://www.einstein.yu.edu/centers/diabetes-translational-research/phhs/

Latino Network for Diabetes Translational Research -National Resource Core
Jeffrey Gonzalez, Co-Director
Carmen Isasi, Co-Director
http://www.einstein.yu.edu/centers/diabetes-translational-research/latino-network/

Enrichment Program
Earle Chambers, Director
https://www.einstein.yu.edu/centers/diabetes-translational-research/seminars/

Pilot & Feasibility Grants
Judith Wylie-Rosett, Director
Elizabeth Walker, Co-Director
https://www.einstein.yu.edu/centers/diabetes-translational-research/pilot/

Team Participatory Systems Dynamics (PSD) VA Palo Alto

David Lounsbury, Facilitator
https://forio.com/app/va/va-psd-team/teampsd.html

Division Contact

Ashley Cintron
718.430.2296

Division Faculty

Division Chief

Judith Wylie-Rosett, Ed.D.

Judith Wylie-Rosett, Ed.D.

Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health (Health Behavior Research & Implementation Science)

Professor, Department of Medicine (Endocrinology)

Atran Foundation Chair in Social Medicine

Interim Division Head, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health Division of Health Behavior Research & Implementation Science

718.430.3345

Areas of Research: Role of diet and other lifestyle variables in the development of chronic diseases, prevention, and control of obesity-related cardiometabolic diseases, diabetes,

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Full-Time Faculty

Primary Faculty
Adebola A. Adedimeji, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Adebola A. Adedimeji, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Research Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health (Health Behavior Research & Implementation Science)

718.839.7098

Areas of Research: Social and Structural Determinants of Health, HIV Prevention, HIV-Stigma, and Intersectional Stigma, Cancer Education and Prevention, Marginalized Populations, Implementation Science, Real-World Evidence, Community-Based Health Interventions, Cap

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Nicole R. Harris-Hollingsworth, Ed.D.

Nicole R. Harris-Hollingsworth, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health (Health Behavior Research & Implementation Science)

Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Social Medicine

Director of Community Collaborations

347.418.4726

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Carmen R. Isasi, M.D., Ph.D.

Carmen R. Isasi, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health (Health Behavior Research & Implementation Science)

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics (Adolescent Medicine)

718.430.2950

Areas of Research: Lifecourse epidemiology, pediatric research, health disparities in cardiovascular disease and diabetes, Latinx health, social determinants of health

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David W. Lounsbury, Ph.D.

David W. Lounsbury, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health (Health Behavior Research & Implementation Science)

Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Social Medicine

718.839.7452

Areas of Research: My domestic and international research aims to reduce chronic disease burden in medically underserved populations. I am a community psychologist and a psycho-oncologist with expertise in systems science methods.

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Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani, Ph.D.

Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health (Health Behavior Research & Implementation Science)

718.430.2136

Areas of Research: Reducing measurement error of self-reported diet and physical activity using biomarkers in multicultural populations; cognition and nutritional status; sleep and diet in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos

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Bruce D. Rapkin, Ph.D.

Bruce D. Rapkin, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health (Health Behavior Research & Implementation Science)

Professor, Department of Family and Social Medicine

718.839.7453

Areas of Research: My research focuses on building community-academic partnerships that can reduce barriers and improve standard of care.

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Secondary Faculty
Kathryn Anastos, M.D.

Kathryn Anastos, M.D.

Professor, Department of Medicine (General Internal Medicine)

Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health (Health Behavior Research & Implementation Science)

Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health

Co-Director Emerita, Global Health Center

718.515.2593

Areas of Research: Clinical, epidemiologic & translational research in HIV disease & associated conditions in Bronx & Central Africa; HIV in women, HIV associated metabolic disease, race/sex differences, research capacity building in Africa

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Earle C. Chambers, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Earle C. Chambers, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor, Department of Family and Social Medicine

Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health (Health Behavior Research & Implementation Science)

Director, Department of Family and Social Medicine Research Division

718.430.3057

Areas of Research: The intersection of social epidemiology and social medicine: how social determinants of health within the context of the physical environment can influence health behaviors and health outcomes in patients and populations.

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Carol A. Derby, Ph.D.

Carol A. Derby, Ph.D.

Research Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Research Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health (Health Behavior Research & Implementation Science)

Louis and Gertrude Feil Faculty Scholar in Neurology

718.430.3882

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Jeffrey S. Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Jeffrey S. Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Medicine (Endocrinology)

Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health (Health Behavior Research & Implementation Science)

646.592.4506

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Haejin In, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H.

Haejin In, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery

Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health (Health Behavior Research & Implementation Science)

718.379.6865

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Peter A. Selwyn, M.D., M.P.H.

Peter A. Selwyn, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor, Department of Family and Social Medicine

Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health (Health Behavior Research & Implementation Science)

Professor, Department of Medicine

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Chair Department of Family and Social Medicine

Director, Palliative Care Program at Montefiore Medical Center

718.920.8434

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Alvin H. Strelnick, M.D.

Alvin H. Strelnick, M.D.

Professor, Department of Family and Social Medicine

Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health (Health Behavior Research & Implementation Science)

Associate Dean for Community Engagement

Chief, Department of Family and Social Medicine Division of Community Health

718.920.4678

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Part-Time Faculty

Elizabeth A. Walker, Ph.D.

Elizabeth A. Walker, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita, Department of Medicine (Endocrinology)

Professor Emerita, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health (Health Behavior Research & Implementation Science)

718.430.3242

Areas of Research: Evidence-based behavioral interventions to improve diabetes self-management and diabetes prevention. Focus on medication adherence for therapeutic and preventive medications. Risk perception re: diabetes. Global health care

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Voluntary Faculty

Damara Gutnick, M.D.

Damara Gutnick, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health (Health Behavior Research & Implementation Science)

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family and Social Medicine

914.354.5605

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Sonia Suchday, Ph.D.

Sonia Suchday, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health (Health Behavior Research & Implementation Science)

718.430.3856

Areas of Research: biopsychosocial health - specifically anger/stress and heart disease, global health, impact of stress related to immigration, acculturation, globalization on health; cultural contributions to understanding health/well-being

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Charles Swencionis, Ph.D.

Charles Swencionis, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health (Health Behavior Research & Implementation Science)

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

646.592.4538

Areas of Research: Most of our research focuses on the Psychology of obesity. Recently published research includes: social anxiety and disordered eating; weight change, psychological well-being, and vitality; psychology of obesity; and others.

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Hayley S. Thompson, Ph.D.

Hayley S. Thompson, Ph.D.

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health (Health Behavior Research & Implementation Science)

313.576.9734

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Arthur Emanuel Blank, Ph.D.

Arthur Emanuel Blank, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Family and Social Medicine

Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health (Health Behavior Research & Implementation Science)

Co-Director, Department of Family and Social Medicine Division of Research

718.430.3351

Areas of Research: Research design and analysis in health services research and evaluation research; translational science; population and community health; health equity/health disparities; palliative care and HIV/AIDS; access to care.

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