Behavior, Function & Pain

The Behavior, Function, and Pain CTSU represents the group of investigators who conduct trials that involve behavioral interventions or behavioral or biomedical trials intended to impact the following types of outcomes: health behaviors (physical activity, self-management), psychological states (e.g. mood, anxiety), maladaptive behaviors (e. g. substance use, eating disorders), physical function (e. g. recovery from stroke, rehabilitation therapies), psychosocial function, or pain. The interventions included in trials covered by this CTSU may involve exercise, self-management, cognitive behavioral therapy, or other non-pharmacological aspects that help to manage and prevent chronic disease, illness, or disability. Trials of medications or devices with outcomes such as activity levels or functional measures are included. CTSU-supported studies may also include innovative use of technology, such as brain stimulation devices, smart phone apps, accelerometers or other physical activity monitors, and actigraphy for sleep monitoring. A major goal of this CTSU is to assist investigators that are junior or new to these types of clinical trials, providing access to the unique resources required for behavioral interventions and assessments.

Unique Services

  • Behavioral intervention protocol development and budgeting
  • Assistance with setting up and following protocols to ensure treatment fidelity
  • Assistance with protocols and database set-up involving wearable sensors or devices (physical activity, momentary patient reported outcomes, etc.)
  • Facilitate access to neuropsychological testing (recharge required)
  • Structured interviews for psychiatric conditions, e.g. SCID, KSADS, DIGS, MINI, etc
  • Administration of physical performance tests
  • Mentoring in setting up or designing focus groups
  • Assistance with qualitative data management structure and management (NVIVO)
  • Assistance with inter-rater reliability testing
  • Assistance with community-based intervention trials
  • Expertise in recruiting and working with disabled populations (spinal cord injury, TBI, polio, amputees, etc.)
  • Expertise in working with subjects with impaired decisional capacity
  • Expertise and advice for obtaining Certificates of Confidentiality
  • Advice on high risk subject management, e.g. suicide protocols, substance use conditions

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