What We Do

Our Mission

The Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research promotes the behavioral health of University at Albany students by advancing innovative, evidence-based practices that address alcohol and other drug use, mental health promotion, and positive psychology, thereby enhancing the academic and personal success of our diverse student body. The Center engages in translational research, as well as teaching and supervision of undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate trainees.

Our Focus Areas

  1. We provide the highest quality of services that promote the behavioral health of our students.
  2. We offer training opportunities in behavioral health at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels.
  3. We contribute to scholarship addressing best practices to support the behavioral health and well-being of college students, both within UAlbany and on a national scale.

Strategic Goals

  1. Promote Behavioral Health through the Evidence Based Prevention of Mental Health Risks, Alcohol and Other Drug Misuse, and Related Risk Behaviors 
  2. Provide Training in Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research to Undergraduate and graduate Students, Doctoral Interns, and Postdoctoral Fellows.
  3. Provide national Leadership in Translational Research Focused on College Student Behavioral Health through Intervention Development, Evaluation, and Dissemination Efforts.


In addition to our many rewarding on-campus collaborations, staff members from the Center are engaged in collaborative work with the following organizations in areas such as advisory committees, leadership positions, expert panels, and other special projects:

  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
  • Higher Education Center on Alcohol and Other Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery
  • SUNY System Administration
  • American Psychological Association 
  • New York State Psychological Association
  • Psychological Association of Northeastern New York
  • American College Health Association
  • New York State College Health Association
  • NASPA: Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education
  • Association for Recovery in Higher Education
  • Research Society on Alcoholism
  • Capital District Regional College Consortium on Alcohol and Other Drugs, Inc.
  • Resource Group of Scientists and Engineers with Disabilities, Resource Group for Opportunities in Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science