The University of Connecticut’s Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention (CHIP) creates new scientific knowledge and theoretical frameworks in the areas of health behavior, health behavior change, health intervention, and prevention at multiple levels of analysis (e.g., individual, family, community, societal). Health is broadly defined and may include physical and mental health, and outcomes with critical implications for health (e.g., decreasing stress). Work at the intersection of behavior and biology (e.g., increasing medication adherence) is encouraged. This includes genomics, which has strong psychological, physiological, and behavioral health-related components (e.g., personalized medicine approaches to risk reduction strategies, acceptance and access to genetic testing, and ethical decision-making considerations of the outcomes of such testing). CHIP disseminates its research and cutting-edge interventions through capacity-building, structural change, teaching, mentoring, and collaboration at the University, local, state, national, and international levels.
CHIP Long Range Goals
Goal 1: CHIP will provide an interdisciplinary nexus for investigators across the University of Connecticut to stimulate multidisciplinary collaborations and major new funded research initiatives in health behavior, health behavior change, health intervention, prevention, and other areas involving health behavior change theory and methods.
Goal 2: CHIP will undertake research to create new scientific knowledge, theoretical frameworks, and methodological advances in the areas of health behavior, health behavior change, health intervention, and prevention. This work will focus on understanding the dynamics of health behavior and related systems, the science of health behavior change, and the science and practice of developing, implementing, evaluating, and disseminating effective interventions.
Goal 3: CHIP will share its expertise in health behavior and health behavior change, capacity building, and technology with relevant local, state, national, and international organizations.
Goal 4: CHIP researchers will educate and mentor undergraduate students, graduate students, researchers, faculty, community members, and others in the science of health behavior change, and the science and practice of developing, implementing, evaluating, and disseminating effective interventions.
Goal 5: CHIP will take a leadership role in fostering a team science approach among University of Connecticut research scientists and clinicians in the development of personalized medicine risk reduction strategies for chronic diseases and health conditions using clinical and genomic information that attempt to match an individual with the most effective therapeutic option.