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Advanced Training Institute on Health Behavior Theory


National Cancer Institute                 Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences        Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health

Theories Project:
Improving Theories of Health Behavior

4th Annual Advanced Training Institute on Health Behavior Theory

July 6-13, 2008

Fluno Center for Executive Education
601 University Avenue
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53715

The Advanced Training Institute on Health Behavior Theory is a 7-day intensive learning course for new or early investigators. Sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, the ATI is designed to offer in-depth instruction on the use, development, and evaluation of health behavior theory. While it is recognized that all health behaviors occur within a social, cultural, and political context, the ATI primarily will focus on the individual level of analysis and examine theories that are designed to explain and predict individual health and screening behaviors. The focus will be on the proper use of theories and on theory testing rather than on either a comprehensive review or evaluation of current theories. Through the use of lectures, discussions, hands-on activities, and mentoring exchanges with faculty, attendees will be encouraged to build upon and expand their own research interests in health behaviors.


The primary objective of the ATI is to allow attendees to extend their knowledge of and experience with the conceptual, methodological, and statistical underpinnings of health behavior theories.


  • Neil Weinstein, Ph.D., Departments of Human Ecology and Psychology, Rutgers University and the Department of Behavioral Science, University of Arizona College of Public Health
  • Alexander Rothman, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota
  • Barbara Curbow, Ph.D., Department of Behavioral Sciences and Community Health, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida
  • Susan Curry, Ph.D., Institute for Health Research and Policy, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago

Who Can Apply

The institute is open to applicants from all academic disciplines. In the past, a variety of degrees have been represented, including degrees in Psychology, Medicine, Nursing, Sociology, Social Work, Communications, Nutrition, Genetics, Ethnology, and a variety of specializations within Public Health.

A Ph.D. or equivalent degree must be received prior to the start of the institute. Preference is given to applicants early in their careers. In the past, nearly all participants were at the Post-Doctoral or Assistant Professor level.

In order to ensure that all participants have some grounding in the issues to be covered in the Institute, we require that all students have taken a minimum of one graduate-level behavioral science course and one graduate-level course in statistics.

Participants must be U.S. citizens. It is not possible to pay your own way in lieu of being accepted through the application process.

For more information, see the application and frequently asked questions sections.

Institute Size

The institute is expected to accept 25 applicants.

Endorsements and Sponsorship

National Cancer Institute, Behavioral Research Program
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research

Society for Behavioral Medicine
American Psychological Association, Division 38


There will be a $500 meeting cost to participate in the institute. Travel, meals, and lodging will be provided.

Contact Us

For any additional information about the course or the application process, please contact:
Dr. Barbara Curbow, University of Florida
Phone: 352-273-6745


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