The Science of Behavior Change: A Mechanism-Focused Approach to Behavior Change Research


Presenter: Talea Cornelius, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.S.

Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences (in
Medicine), Columbia University


Date: October 4, 2022 at 9:30 to 11:00 AM EST

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In this session, Dr. Talea Cornelius will provide an overview of the Science of Behavior Change (SOBC) experimental medicine approach to developing and refining behavioral health interventions. She will discuss theory selection, mechanism-informed study design, and measurement validity, and provide online resources to facilitate mechanistic behavioral science. In addition to a lecture, this session will include a master class and hands-on practice applying the SOBC approach.

• Dr. Cornelius is a trained clinical social worker, social psychologist, and biostatistician. Her research is focused on understanding health behaviors in the social context in which they are performed.

• As co-investigator of the NIH-funded Science of Behavior Change Program, she leads the effort to improve the validity of measures of mechanisms that underlie behavior change in order to promote rigor in behavioral health intervention research.