Health Behavior Research

Due largely to the increasing recognition that the major causes of diseases resulting in human illness and death are behavioral, there is now strong demand for behavioral scientists capable of conducting rigorous applied research and evaluation in a wide variety of career settings.  The graduate program in Health Behavior Research seeks students committed to learning how to apply psychological science and evaluation to promote health and prevent disease, and to improve public health in diverse and global communities.

Our graduates report being well prepared and sought after for a wide variety of personally rewarding career opportunities. Click on this link to see a sample of positions held by DBOS alumni.

Click here to read about The Rise and Promise of Applied Psychology in the 21st Century.

Practical Experience and Internships

All health behavior research graduate students are encouraged to gain practical experience through projects, internships, or jobs.  A variety of faculty members, research institutes, local colleges and universities, and local organizations employ DBOS students.  For example, the Claremont Evaluation Center is an organized research unit in DBOS that has employed and provided practical experience for many students. Another institute, the Health Psychology and Prevention Science Institute, is dedicated to improving the health and well being of all people through the application of psychological theory and methods.

Certificates, Professional Development Workshops, & Symposia

DBOS offers a certificate program and professional development workshops in evaluation and applied methods for those seeking continuing education.  We regularly sponsor and organize symposia that bring together leading experts from around the world to discuss cutting edge topics in applied psychological science.  For example, recent volumes based on our Symposia, Mass Media and Drug Prevention: Classic and Contemporary Theories and Research by William D. Crano and Michael Burgoon (, Evaluating Social Programs and Problems: Visions for the New Millenium by Stewart I. Donaldson and Michael Scriven ( and Applied Psychology: New Frontiers and Rewarding Careers by Stewart I. Donaldson, Dale E. Berger, and Kathy Pezdek (click here for a preview), provide some of the most up-to-date information on the modern practice of evaluation and applied psychology.


DBOS has more than 50 core and supporting faculty that teach courses, supervise student research, serve on student committees, and/or employ DBOS students.  For example, students take courses and work with CGU faculty from the Division of Politics and Economics, Drucker-Ito School of Management, School of Educational Studies, School of Information Science, as well as with faculty members from the other colleges in the Claremont Consortium.

The Core Faculty that teach in the Health Behavior Research program include:

Stewart I. Donaldson

Professor & Dean

William D. Crano

Professor & Chair

Eusebio Alvaro
Research Faculty

Jason Siegel
Research Faculty

Michelle C. Bligh

Tiffany Berry
Research Faculty


Allen M. Omoto


Kathy Pezdek

Dale E. Berger



Please e-mail Kristen Ahn ( to learn about the application process, or for more information about our programs.

Financial Aid

Generous gifts to Claremont Graduate University have made it possible for us to realize our mission of making high-quality graduate education more accessible to a diverse group of students.  We are happy to report that all health behavior research students who request financial aid receive fellowships.  In addition, significant increases in faculty research funding have resulted in a substantial increase in the number of stipends and the amount of tuition remission support we are able to provide.  DBOS also regularly hires students for paid teaching assistantships.  The CGU Office of Student Financing assists students with finding work study positions, private scholarships, and government loans.  At the time a student is offered admission to one of our graduate programs, DBOS faculty contact students to discuss the details of their financial aid package.

Health Behavior Research Links

Click on the links below to see exterior resources dealing with Health Behavior Research.

M.A. Co-Concentration Programs

We currently educate approximately 60 graduate students a year in our co-concentration master’s programs.   Students can choose to focus their graduate study in one of the following six tracks:

We also have dual degree options available in management (MBA), education, public policy, and human resources design.

Follow this link to program requirements for the M.A. with a co-concentration in Health Behavior Research and Evaluation.

Ph.D. in Health Behavior Research

Exceptional students who complete the Health Behavior Research & Evaluation M.A. Co-Concentration may be invited by DBOS faculty to apply for the Ph.D. program.  In addition, we offer Ph.D. students with primary concentrations in Psychology a sequence of evaluation courses that leads to a formal doctoral co-concentration in Health Behavior Research.