What We Do
The Intensive Longitudinal Health Behaviors Network (ILHBN) is a cooperative agreement network consisting of seven research projects and one research coordinating center, funded by the National Institutes for Health, to collaboratively study factors that influence key health behaviors in the dynamic environment of individuals, and how to leverage intensive longitudinal data collection and analytic methods to introduce innovations into longstanding behavioral theories and theory-driven behavior change interventions.
The ILHBN research sites study such diverse health behavior changes as prevention of suicidal thoughts and behaviors, smoking, drug use, alcohol use, and sedentary behavior; and the promotion of mental health, sleep, and physical activities. The establishment of the ILHBN enables consolidation and building of a network of resources to enhance current and future theorizing, measurement, analysis, and implementation of sustainable health behavioral change mechanisms.
Mission and Goals:
The overarching mission of the ILHBN is to develop an infrastructure to pursue well-designed collaborative projects and complementary site-specific studies that, collectively, accomplish the goals of:
(1) introducing innovations into longstanding health behavioral theories;
(2) advancing the field of theory-driven behavior change interventions; and
(3) providing a framework to guide future intensive longitudinal studies of health behaviors.