Relationships and Health Behaviors


The Behavioral Research Program (BRP) explores correlates of cancer preventive behaviors among dyads. Human relationships provide an interpersonal context from which to examine health behaviors relevant to cancer prevention and control, such as tobacco use; diet and physical activity; sleep patterns; sun and environmental exposures; screening and medical adherence; and caregiving and survivorship care.

Provide feedback

We invite feedback from the population science research community on potential domains of interest of cancer-relevant health behaviors among dyads.

Feedback will help identify cancer-related research gaps in dyadic processes, research advances, emerging issues, and public use data needs. BRP is particularly interested in hearing from researchers who have expertise/interest in one or more of the following areas:

  • close relationships;
  • family dynamics;
  • dyadic research methods (especially related to survey design and analysis);
  • health behavior change theory;
  • individual-level correlates of health behavior (i.e., cognitions, affect);
  • home, community, and environmental correlates of health behaviors;
  • cancer-related behaviors (e.g., diet, physical activity, sun safety, tanning, tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and/or sleep); and
  • biomarker data collection and analysis.

All population science and cancer researchers are welcome to provide input on Relationships and Health Behaviors via feedback form through September 1, 2019 Exit disclaimer. Answers are anonymous, and no personally identifiable information will be collected or stored. Members of the research community are welcome submit questions, comments, or feedback at any time to one of the contacts below. 


For questions regarding BRP’s interest in dyadic processes and health behaviors within the context of relationships, please contact any member of the research team: