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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Preventive Medicine
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Behavioral Medicine

Behavioral medicine is the interdisciplinary field concerned with understanding mechanisms by which health behaviors involving diet, physical activity, substance use and more influence the odds of developing chronic disease. Behavioral medicine scientists also study how to apply behavioral and psychosocial interventions effectively and efficiently to prevent and treat illness, foster adherence to medical treatments and improve quality of life.


Our goals are to study how behavioral and psychosocial influences ‘get under the skin’ to influence health outcomes and to apply that knowledge to promote health and prevent illness. We develop resource-efficient, effective interventions that incorporate digital components to extend population reach, accommodate individual differences and adapt to changes in state.”

Bonnie J. Spring, PhD



Bonnie Spring

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What We Do


The NCI training grant is a full-time T32 postdoctoral research training program in behavioral and psychosocial aspects of cancer prevention and control funded by the National Cancer Institute. The training program is based in the division of Behavioral Medicine in Preventive Medicine and in Medical Social Sciences.

The division serves as the base of learning resources in interdisciplinary team science. Resources include the Team Science online learning modules and the team science graduate course in the MSCI program. This course offers practical guidance about how best to engage in team science to pursue complex science questions, work effectively with team members and produce high-impact research outcomes that help meet society’s needs

Learning resources for are also developed and housed in the division.


Major research funding for the Department of Preventive Medicine’s Division of Behavioral Medicine has been awarded by the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, American Heart Society, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Child and Health Development, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, alongside other federal and private institutions.

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Meet Our Team

Ho, Joyce

Joyce Ho

Research Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine (Behavioral Medicine) and Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology)

Lead Investigator for Northwestern University's participation as a HealthCare Provider Organization in the All of Us Cohort Study (NIH Precision Medicine Initiative)

Pfammatter, Angela Fidler

Angela Fidler Pfammatter

Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine (Behavioral Medicine)

Dr. Pfammatter is a Licensed Clinical Health Psychologist with a wide range of interests centered around exploring the optimization of health behavior change to treat and prevent chronic conditions such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. My research interest is in the area of investigating technology supported interventions for the purpose of health behavior change. Specifically, I develop smartphone applications, explore the use of wireless sensors, and investigate behavioral mechanisms that support positive health outcomes in adults.

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Contact Us

Behavioral Medicine

  • 680 N. Lake Shore Dr.
    Suite 1400
    Chicago, IL 60611   (Map it)
  • Phone: 312-503-6579
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