Institute for Biobehavioral Research


Director: W.S. Carlos Poston
Deputy Director: Keith Haddock

The mission of NDRI’s Institute for Biobehavioral Health Research (IBHR) is to conduct innovative interdisciplinary research that explores and involves all factors (e.g., biological, behavioral, social, cultural, and environmental) that may influence or impact the health of individuals, groups, and populations. Our research includes both formative/developmental, observational and intervention studies, primarily in the areas of prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer, physical fitness and work capacity, tobacco control, and obesity.

Investigators at IBHR have a particular focus on health issues among minorities and the underserved, emergency service workers (firefighters, police,and EMS personnel), and active duty military service members and veterans. IBHR hosts two research centers that focus on health, well-being, and readiness of these occupational groups, the Center for Fire, Rescue, and EMS Health Research and the Center for Military and Veterans Health Research.


The Center for Fire, Rescue & EMS Health Research, a subset of IBHR, focuses on epidemiology, prevention and treatment of health risks facing firefighters and EMS professionals.


The Center for Military and Veteran’s Health Research, a collaborative partnership of scientists from IBHR and the Center for Community and Health Disparities Research (CCHD), aims to maximize the readiness, health, and well-being of military personnel and the quality-of-life of veterans.


Tobacco Policy Database
Click here to see the United States Department of Defense Tobacco Policy Database, funded by National Institutes of Health (CA109153/DA036507) and provided by the Institute of Biobehavioral Health Research (IBHR) as a service to tobacco control practitioners and researchers.

Tobacco Policy Research
Click here to see the United States Military Tobacco Policy Research: A White Paper. This work was funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute and National Institute on Drug Abuse (CA109153/DA036507 and CA157014/DA036509).