6th Annual Advanced Training Institute on Health Behavior Theory
July 14–July 21, 2012
Fluno Center for Executive Education
601 University Avenue
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53715
The Advanced Training Institute on Health Behavior Theory is a 7-day intensive learning course for new or early investigators. Sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institute of Drug Abuse, the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, and National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, the ATI is designed to offer in-depth instruction on the use, development, and evaluation of health behavior theory. While it is recognized that all health behaviors occur within a social, cultural, and political context, the ATI primarily will focus on the individual level of analysis and examine theories that are designed to explain and predict individual health and screening behaviors. The focus will be on the proper use of theories and on theory testing rather than on either a comprehensive review or evaluation of current theories. Through the use of lectures, discussions, hands-on activities, and mentoring exchanges with faculty, attendees will be encouraged to build upon and expand their own research interests in health behaviors.
The primary objective of the ATI is to allow attendees to extend their knowledge of and experience with the conceptual, methodological, and statistical underpinnings of health behavior theories.
- Jeffrey Fisher, PhD, Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention, University of Connecticut
- Jennifer Hay, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
- Abby King, PhD, Department of Health Research and Policy; Stanford Center on Longevity, Stanford University
- Sarah Kobrin, PhD, MPH, Behavioral Research Program, National Cancer Institute
- Robin Mermelstein, PhD, Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois
- Melissa Riddle, PhD, Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Branch, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
- William Riley, PhD, Clinical Applications and Prevention Branch, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- Alexander Rothman, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota
Guest faculty will be announced later.
Who Can Apply
The institute is open to applicants from all academic disciplines. In the past, a variety of degrees have been represented, including degrees in Psychology, Medicine, Nursing, Sociology, Social Work, Communications, Nutrition, Genetics, Ethnology, and a variety of specializations within Public Health.
A Ph.D. or equivalent degree must be received prior to the start of the institute. Preference is given to applicants early in their careers. In the past, nearly all participants were at the Post-Doctoral or Assistant Professor level.
In order to ensure that all participants have some grounding in the issues to be covered in the Institute, we require that all students have taken a minimum of one graduate-level behavioral science course and one graduate-level course in statistics.
Participants must be U.S. citizens. It is not possible to pay your own way in lieu of being accepted through the application process.
The institute is expected to accept 30 applicants.
Endorsements and Sponsorship
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID)
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)
American Psychological Association, Division 38
Society of Behavioral Medicine
There will be a $500 meeting cost to participate in the institute. Travel, meals, and lodging will be provided.
For any additional information about the course or the application process, please contact:
Sarah Kobrin, PhD, MPH
Program Director, National Cancer Institute
Process of Care Research Branch
Science of Research and Technology Branch
Behavioral Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences