A mechanism-focused approach to the science of behavior change: An introduction to the special issue

Sumner, Jennifer A.; Beauchaine, Theodore P.; Nielsen, Lisbeth

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Science Of Behavior Change initiative (SOBC;—supported by the NIH Common Fund (—is an explicit effort to address the stymied and siloed behavior change field. As described in this Special Issue, SOBC represents a fundamental change in the way that research on initiation, personalization, and maintenance of behavior change is being conducted and applied. In this editorial, we highlight key contributions of SOBC in these areas.


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Behaviour Research and Therapy

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Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health
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June 14, 2018