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Child Development and Behavior Branch (CDBB)

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​Behavioral Pediatrics and Health Promotion Research Program

This research program generally focuses on relationships between behaviors and clinically important health outcomes, including the establishment and maintenance of healthy behaviors and identification and reduction of risky behaviors from childhood through early adulthood. 

The program encourages projects on the effects of preventive services offered via pediatric primary care settings, particularly screening, behavioral counseling, as well as health promotion and disease prevention interventions on clinically important health outcomes, including disease or health status, healthy and risky behaviors, adverse events, and health care utilization. 

Cross-cutting issues include understanding how clinically important health outcomes are affected by adherence to medical and therapeutic regimens, medical decision-making, health literacy, mobile health, health technology, and/or electronic media, as well as by safe medication use and/or behavioral interventions that decrease medication use for chronic conditions. Also of interest to the program are projects that explore the relationships between and among pain prevention and management, sleep (including sleep deprivation and deficiency), and health outcomes.  Investigators interested in topics that fall under the purview of other NIH institutes/centers (ICs) are encouraged to contact the relevant ICs. 

Program Director: Karen Lee​​

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