Behavioral Medicine Research Lab
Vice President for Research, The Family Institute
Nearly 1 in 2 people have a chronic medical condition. This could be an illness like cancer, diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, or a condition such as migraines or back pain from a car accident. In addition, almost all adults will be or have been in a committed, romantic relationship. Taken together, these statistics suggest that most of us will experience illness from the point of view of the patient and/or the partner of a patient. The Behavioral Medicine Lab at The Family Institute is interested in the effects that a relationship has on a medical condition, and conversely, the effects that a medical condition has on a relationship. Current studies in the lab include the following:
- The effects of the use of technology for diabetes patients, their spouses and their doctors
- The communication of couples in which one person has heart disease
- The effects of internal versus external motivation for behavior chnage in cardiac patients
- A couples approach to anxiety
Within the lab, graduate and undergraduate students are involved with all aspects of the research process including literature reviews, methodology, analysis of data, and interpretation of data findings. They are also an integral part of the dissemination of findings including participation in the writing of articles and the presentation of findings at meetings.