Chapman University continues its commitment to health science by opening a new Center of Excellence in Biopsychosocial Approaches to Health (CEBAH). CEBAH is the first Center of Excellence in Chapman’s two-year-old Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; and embraces an interdisciplinary approach to understanding health and well-being across the lifespan.
“The unifying focus of CEBAH is to examine the combined effects of biology, psychology and social context on psychological and physical health,” said Janeen Hill, Ph.D, founding dean of the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. “This interdisciplinary approach to health science is the next step in the current trajectory for the future of healthcare.
The CEBAH faculty consists of internationally recognized scholars investigating topics such as maternal-child health, postpartum depression, psychological well-being, relationships and health, resilience, body image and disordered eating, pain management, cardiovascular health, and sexual health.
“The faculty members affiliated with CEBAH will grow to include members not only from other colleges on Chapman’s campuses, but also from outside universities,” said Laura Glynn, Ph.D., professor and Chair of Chapman’s Department of Psychology, and the inaugural Director of CEBAH. “Our hope is that by creating this interdisciplinary group with common goals, we can enhance understanding of answers to complex questions related to human health and well-being.”
The center conducts research that advances basic science and that has implications for public policy. CEBAH also is committed to making findings from basic scientific research available to the public with the broader goal of enhancing general understanding of health and science.
CEBAH’s inaugural event is a guest lecture event from Dr. Ted Robles of UCLA on Oct. 24. Dr. Robles’ talk titled, Family Relations and Health: Insights from intensive repeated measures and molecular mechanisms, focuses on understanding how stress and social relationships influence health.
More information about CEBAH can be found at: http://www.chapman.edu/crean/research-centers/index.aspx
CEBAH partners include: TinyKicks, Children & Families Commission of Orange County, and the Conte Center at University of California, Irvine.