EMBHR – Engaging Communities in Mental and Behavioral Health Research

The EMBHR team is led by Dr. Bethany Kwan, a social health psychologist, health services researcher, and dissemination and implementation (D&I) scientist.

EMBHR encompasses research that focuses on the advancement of methods for engaging patients, practices, and other health system representatives in co-design, testing, implementation, and dissemination of evidence-based approaches to improving mental and behavioral health. With particular emphasis on quality of life, disease-related distress, and promoting healthy lifestyles, EMBHR seeks to improve health and health equity for people living with chronic conditions such as diabetes and cancer.

EMBHR follows principles and methods for “designing for dissemination, sustainability, and equity” including community and partner engagement throughout research planning, conduct, and dissemination and application of behavioral science and D&I theories, models, and frameworks. EMBHR leads and collaborates on research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

Team Members, Partners, and Collaborators

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Lindsay Lennox 
EMBHR Program Manager

Research and Scholarship


1.     Kwan BM, Brownson RC, Glasgow RE, Morrato EH, Luke DA. Designing for Dissemination and Sustainability to Promote Equitable Impacts on Health. Annu Rev Public Health. 2022 Apr 5;43:331-353. doi: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-052220-112457. Epub 2022 Jan 4. PMID: 34982585; PMCID: PMC9260852. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-publhealth-052220-112457

2.     Kwan BM, Ytell K, Coors M, DeCamp M, Morse B, Ressalam J, Reno JE, Himber M, Maertens J, Wearner R, Gordon K, Wynia MK. A stakeholder engagement method navigator webtool for clinical and translational science. J Clin Transl Sci. 2021;5(1):e180. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8596067. https://doi.org/10.1017/cts.2021.850

3.     Kwan BM, Dickinson LM, Glasgow RE, Sajatovic M, Gritz M, Holtrop JS, Nease DE Jr, Ritchie N, Nederveld A, Gurfinkel D, Waxmonsky JA. The Invested in Diabetes Study Protocol: a cluster randomized pragmatic trial comparing standardized and patient-driven diabetes shared medical appointments. Trials. 2020 Jan 10;21(1):65. doi: 10.1186/s13063-019-3938-7. Erratum in: Trials. 2020 Feb 18;21(1):195. PMID: 31924249; PMCID: PMC6954498. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-019-3938-7

4.     Kwan BM, Rementer J, Richie N, Nederveld AL, Phimphasone-Brady P, Sajatovic M, Nease DE Jr, Waxmonsky JA. Adapting Diabetes Shared Medical Appointments to Fit Context for Practice-Based Research (PBR). J Am Board Fam Med. 2020 Sep-Oct;33(5):716-727. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2020.05.200049. PMID: 32989066. https://doi.org/10.3122/jabfm.2020.05.200049

5.     Nederveld A, Phimphasone-Brady P, Gurfinkel D, Waxmonsky JA, Kwan BM, Holtrop JS. Delivering diabetes shared medical appointments in primary care: early and mid-program adaptations and implications for successful implementation. BMC Prim Care. 2023 Feb 17;24(1):52. doi: 10.1186/s12875-023-02006-8. PMID: 36803773; PMCID: PMC9936115. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12875-023-02006-8

6.     Holtrop JS, Gurfinkel D, Nederveld A, Phimphasone-Brady P, Hosokawa P, Rubinson C, Waxmonsky JA, Kwan BM. Methods for capturing and analyzing adaptations: implications for implementation research. Implement Sci. 2022 Jul 29;17(1):51. doi: 10.1186/s13012-022-01218-3. PMID: 35906602; PMCID: PMC9335955. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13012-022-01218-3

7.     Kwan BM, McGinnes HL, Ory MG, Estabrooks PA, Waxmonsky JA, Glasgow RE. RE-AIM in the real world: use of the RE-AIM framework for program planning and evaluation in clinical and community settings. Frontiers in public health. 2019 Nov 22;7:345. PubMed PMID: 31824911. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2019.00345

8.     Kwan BM, Pyrzanowski J, Sevick C, Wagner NM, Resnicow K, Glanz JM, Dempsey AF. Exploring mechanisms of a web-based values-tailored childhood vaccine promotion intervention trial: Effects on parental vaccination values, attitudes, and intentions. Appl Psychol Health Well Being. 2021 Aug 16; PubMed PMID: 34396709. https://doi.org/10.1111/aphw.12296

9.     Mehta P, Moore SL, Bull S, Kwan BM. Building MedVenture - A mobile health application to improve adolescent medication adherence - Using a multidisciplinary approach and academic-industry collaboration. Digit Health. 2021 Jan-Dec;7:20552076211019877. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8145584. https://doi.org/10.1177/20552076211019877

10.  Kepper MM, Walsh-Bailey C, Brownson RC, Kwan BM, Morrato EH, Garbutt J, de Las Fuentes L, Glasgow RE, Lopetegui MA, Foraker R. Development of a Health Information Technology Tool for Behavior Change to Address Obesity and Prevent Chronic Disease Among Adolescents: Designing for Dissemination and Sustainment Using the ORBIT Model. Front Digit Health. 2021;3:648777. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8521811. https://doi.org/10.3389/fdgth.2021.648777

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