Research Centers

Research Centers and Initiatives Led by HBHE Faculty

Eight research centers and initiatives on the U-M campus are led by HBHE faculty. Click on the center name for more information about their projects, publications, and training programs.

Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center
The Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center aims to strengthen the workforce responsible for prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders by conducting studies to inform workforce development and planning efforts.  The center is part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded network of Health Workforce Research Centers.

Collaborative for Behavioral Solutions to Healthcare Engagement and Access 
The Collaborative for Behavioral Solutions to Healthcare Engagement and Access develops and evaluates behavioral interventions that focus on improving self-efficacy and navigation skills for individuals to access complex health care delivery systems, affordable healthcare, and management of chronic disease. Our funded research focuses on healthcare provider education, reducing barriers to healthcare access, and increasing patient and provider collaboration to improve meaningful health outcomes. Principles of health literacy, and proven approaches to behavior change are central to our intervention work. The CBSHC partners with experts in community-based agencies and diverse health care delivery systems.

Center for Managing Chronic Disease (CMCD)
The CMCD is a multidisciplinary group focused on identifying gaps in chronic illness care and how to improve access, efficiency, and outcomes for patients- particularly patients in the most vulnerable communities.  

Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health (CRECH)
A forum for faculty and students interested in interdisciplinary investigations of the social determinants of U.S. racial and ethnic group differences in health status and health behaviors. The center seeks to develop and test new theoretical perspectives for public health research and interventions for an increasingly multi-ethnic, multicultural society.

Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (Detroit URC)
The Detroit URC is an interdisciplinary, community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnership that equitably engages community-based organizations, health service institutions, and academia to create research, programs, and policies to improve health equity in Detroit.  

HBHE Genetics Research Group
The HBHE Genetics Group's mission is to improve understanding of the behavioral implications of expanding genetic knowledge.  

Injury Center
The U-M Injury Center is one of nine Injury Control Research Centers funded by the CDC. The center generates and shares new findings about injury prevention that can impact both policy and individual behavior. Their work encompasses both intentional injury and unintentional injury including transportation safety, violence prevention, prescription drug misuse, substance abuse, suicide and concussion.

Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center
The Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center is one of seven Academic Centers of Excellence funded by the CDC. Working collaboratively with community partner organizations in Flint Michigan, the MI-YVPC seeks to reduce violence and create a supportive and healthy environment for youth, ages 10-24. The Center works with youth, families and the community at large to implement programs that reduce risks for violence.

National Center for School Safety
The National Center for School Safety (NCSS) is a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional training and technical assistance center focused on improving school safety and preventing school violence through comprehensive, adaptable strategies for the school safety community nationwide. We believe reducing school-related trauma and the fear of potential harm is vital for learning, mental health, and the healthy development of students.

Prevention Research Center of Michigan (PRC/MI)
The mission of the Prevention Research Center of Michigan (PRC/MI) is to create and foster knowledge resulting in more effective public health programs and policies. The center conducts community-based prevention research to improve health and prevent disease, especially focused on populations with a disproportionate share of poor health outcomes.

Research Centers and Initiatives with HBHE Faculty Involvement

The following research centers feature significant research involvement by HBHE faculty members.  

Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine
One of the premier intellectual gathering places of clinicians, social scientists, bioethicists and all others interested in improving individual and societal health through application of social science and bioethics methods to health research, education and public outreach.  

Center for Health Communications Research
A dedicated team integrating behavioral science, technology and art to create and research health interventions that inspire informed health decisions, broaden access to health information and advance the field of health communications.  

Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD)
The CHGD is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to the advancement of research on children's health and development by fostering collaborations among biomedical, behavioral, and social scientists.  

The Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities
Through research and evaluation the center aims to identify and intervene on the individual, community and structural factors that influence health disparities. The center has a specific focus on sexual and reproductive health, however their work encompasses diverse health issues including chronic disease, mental health and access to care and resources.

Comprehensive Cancer Center
The U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center has a distinguished history of scientific excellence, collaboration and impact in basic science, clinical research and cancer control research.  

Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation
The Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) is the nation's leading university-based institute of health services researchers evaluating how healthcare works and how it can be improved, and advising policy makers to inform change.  

Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research 
The Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research (MCDTR) aims to raise awareness of, and interest in, type 2 translational research in diabetes and related conditions and create an environment that supports such research.  The center identifies, develops, and supports researchers engaged in research to translate interventions with proven efficacy into real world health care settings, communities and populations at risk.