Health Behavior Research and Training Institute

Photograph depicting the HBRT Clinical team.

The HBRT Research Team

The Health Behavior Research and Training Institute (HBRT) develops, tests, and disseminates behavioral interventions targeting the prevention or cessation of adverse health behaviors. Grounded in the transtheoretical model of change (TTM), HBRT’s evidence-based research and training activities have targeted alcohol-exposed pregnancy, tobacco and substance use, sexually transmitted disease, diet, and management of chronic health conditions.

Graphic containing the words Traning, Health, Research, Behavior, Excellence, Scholarship, Teaching, Brief Interventions, Change, Facilitating Change, Transtheoretical Model, States of Change, Process of Change and Motivational Interviewing.HBRT’s work, funded by NIH, CDC, SAMHSA and other federal and state agencies, has ranged over the past twenty years from multisite randomized clinical trials to the training of clinical staff, physicians, and medical residents in evidence-based practices, in settings as diverse as trauma centers, community clinics, criminal justice facilities, addiction treatment centers, and regional health systems.

Dr. Mary M. Velasquez (Director) and Dr. Kirk von Sternberg (Associate Director) are co-founders of HBRT.  Anita Prewett is HBRT Project Manager. Training Coordinator is Leslie Sirrianni, LCSW; Kyndal Hammock, BSW, is Research Associate. Visit Our Team for staff bios.