Social & Behavioral Sciences

Recent Publications

Faculty in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences are focused on health disparities and behaviors, including psychological stress experienced by different populations, chronic disease health disparities in minorities, socio-structural determinants of health behaviors, chronic disease prevention in underserved populations, homelessness, and the conditions which contribute to health and illness.

Sean Grant, DPhil

Assistant Professor

Dr. Grant is an intervention researcher and methodologist who works across the behavioral, social, and health sciences. His methodological work primarily focuses on research synthesis methods, open science practices, and consensus development methods. His substantive work primarily focuses on behavioral health. Overall, his work aims to advance the credibility of intervention research and its utility for supporting evidence-based policy and practice.

Dr. Grant's Profile

Considerations of complexity in rating certainty of evidence in systematic reviews: a primer on using the GRADE approach in global health


Practical guidance for involving stakeholders in health research


Comparative effectiveness of brief alcohol interventions for college students: Results from a network meta-analysis


Investing in evidence-based social and emotional learning


Reporting randomised trials of social and psychological interventions: the CONSORT-SPI 2018 Extension

Sula Hood, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Hood’s research has a strong emphasis on addressing chronic disease health disparities in ethnic minority and underserved populations. In particular, her research seeks to identify mechanisms and develop culturally appropriate approaches to increase social support and health communication as critical strategies for promoting chronic disease prevention, coping, and self-management.

Dr. Hood's Profile

Organizational-level Recruitment of Barbershops as Intervention Study Sites: Health Promotion among Black Men


Using the PRECEDE Planning Approach to Develop a Physical Activity Intervention for African American Men Who Visit Barbershops: Results from the FITShop Study


Discussing Cancer: Communication with African Americans