About Us


To apply theories of health behavior to elevate and accelerate learning on what works for whom and why

Center Goals

  • Curate and connect health behavior expertise across VUMC, Vanderbilt University and Meharry Medical College
  • Cultivate collaborations between physician-scientists and social scientists
  • Help investigators identify and apply appropriate theory in their work
  • Help investigators develop a testable conceptual framework
  • Train and assist investigators to apply cutting-edge analytic methods to test theories of health behavior

Relevant Analytic Methods

  • Measure development and validation: Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, item response theory, psychometrics
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Mediation analyses
  • Moderation/Effect modification analyses
  • Dyadic or Network analyses: Actor-Partner Interdependence Models, Social Network Analysis


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Lindsay Mayberry, PhD Tom Elasy, MD

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