Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training
UCF School of Social Work
The Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training (CBHRT) was established in 2017 as the first center within the School of Social work focused on promoting interdisciplinary research and training in health and behavioral health.
To expand expertise and scientific discovery in evidence-based prevention programs and strategies, with the goal of improving clinical practices and behavioral health outcomes for local, national, and global communities.
To foster interdisciplinary collaborative partnerships to address a broad range of complex behavioral health problems and health disparities while creating cutting-edge and innovative solutions for improving the health and well-being of diverse populations.
The CBHRT has various experts available to facilitate research collaborations and promote behavioral health training.
Commitment to Improving Research
Our expert faculty’s research serves the community by providing training and research through the CBHRT on a variety of health and behavioral health topics aligned with Florida’s State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP).
Faculty have expertise on a broad range of health and behavioral health topics:
e.g., health equity, education access/quality, health care access/quality
e.g., adolescent & young adult, refugees, military veterans, suicide
e.g., intimate partner violence, human trafficking, child injury, adverse childhood experiences, suicide
e.g., Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementias, and Other Aging Issues
e.g., diabetes, cancer, obesity
e.g., nutrition, physical activity
e.g., animal-assisted therapies, fit-bit, Dr. Hologram
e.g., Black Deaf Feminism, LGBTQ+, etc.
Active Funded Research Projects
Implementation and Evaluation of Zero Suicide, in partnership with the Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention, Department of Health, SAMH, Florida Behavioral Health Association and other state-level departments and BH providers throughout FL (5-year, $3.5 million SAMHSA-funded LEADS project)
SEED Grants to Fuel Interdisciplinary Research
With the dual goals of fueling scientific discovery and expanding professional expertise, the CBHRT awards interdisciplinary teams competitive stipends to conduct pilot research projects that seek to address emerging behavioral health topics.
Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate a clear plan and shows the potential for pilot data to be harnessed into large-scale studies.
Applications are reviewed once a year, interdisciplinary teams are encouraged to apply!
2021-2022 SEED Grant Recipients:
Compressed Exposure Therapy for Post-Intensive Care Syndrome: Pilot Study
Brian C. Peach, PhD, RN, CCRN
Jean W. Davis, PhD, DNP, EdD, APRN, FNP-BC, PHCNS-BC
Mary Lou Sole, PhD, RN, CCNS, CNL, FAAN, FCCM
Deborah C. Beidel, PhD, ABPP
Reshawna Chapple, PhD, LCSW, QS
Rui Xie, PhD
04/04/2022 – 06/30/2022
Understanding the mechanism of anxiety and depression in lung cancer patients
Wencai Zhang, MD, PhD
Eunkyung “Muriel” Lee, PhD, RDN
Sharon Wang, PhD, MSW
04/04/2022 – 06/30/2022
Collaborate and Get Involved in Innovative Research!
Interdisciplinary collaboration is key to research! That’s why our Research Assistants (RAs) and Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) come from different health and behavioral health course of studies.
RAs and GRAs support faculty with research-related tasks, like data-collection, input, etc. all while gaining valuable research experience.
Are you interested in becoming an RA or GRA? Or are you faculty who needs assistance with research?
Request a Service
The Center is a collaborative research space and is here to support faculty, students and community partners from a variety of disciplines to find synergies and advance behavioral and physical health.
We invite you to contact us and let us know how we can provide our services to help you toward your research goal!