Eileen Kennedy Interim Division Chair
Behavior change in nutrition and physical activity is essential for improving well-being and reducing disparities through research and practice. The Division of Nutrition Interventions, Communication, and Behavior Change focuses on understanding how evidence-based strategies at individual, organizational, community, and societal levels can alter behaviors to address major lifestyle challenges.
The Division aims to prepare future leaders capable of translating the latest science into practice and policy by developing expertise across nutritional, health communication, and behavior change sciences. Faculty in the Division utilize multi-disciplinary approaches to advance the field including novel strategies for personal behavior change; use of school, worksite, health system, community, and technology strategies; integration of community-based participatory research, behavioral economics, and multi-stakeholder interventions; and particular expertise in the science and practice of taking effective solutions to scale. The Division also includes special focus on traditionally marginalized and at-risk populations.