Behavioral Medicine Research Center
Behavioral Medicine is an interdisciplinary field concerned with the development and integration of sociocultural, psychosocial, behavioral and biomedical knowledge and techniques relevant to the understanding of health and illness and the application of this knowledge and these techniques to disease prevention, health promotion, etiology, diagnoses, treatment and rehabilitation.
The Behavioral Medicine Research Center (BMRC) of the University of Miami, directed by Neil Schneiderman, PhD, is located in the Clinical Research Building (CRB) on the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine campus. It also has animal, statistical and other laboratories on the Coral Gables campus. The BMRC consists of a multi-disciplinary group of faculty and staff who have long collaborated on NIH and other funded clinical/translational research at the interface of biomedical and behavioral science. A major emphasis of this work is on health disparities. Since its authorization in 1986 by University President Edward T. Foote; Executive Vice President and Provost, Luis Glaser; Vice Provost and Deputy Dean for Medical Research, Robert Rubin, and the chairs of Psychology and Medicine, the BMRC has facilitated joint extramurally funded research by faculty members in the Department of Psychology as well as departments and units within the Medical School. This has been continually nourished by an NIH supported pre- and post-doctoral T32 training grant administered by BMRC faculty members investigating cardiovascular disease, and in most years also by a similar T32 training grant investigating HIV/AIDS. Associate Directors of the BMRC are Marc Gellman, PhD (Operations) and Barry Hurwitz, PhD (Biobehavioral Processes).