Our Research

Welcome to the research pages for the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health.


Welcome to the research pages for the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health and Division of Epidemiology. The department and division are home to a talented, dedicated cadre of researchers whose work focuses on a broad spectrum of issues that affect health.

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Our Family Medicine Research team represents a multi-disciplinary approach to research, coming from such fields as family medicine, health services, biostatistics and epidemiology, cultural anthropology, social and behavioral science, and public health. The team’s research focuses on improving quality in primary care settings, with a special focus on helping patients improve health behaviors, harnessing information technology, and improving systems of care.

Our Epidemiology  faculty conducts innovative, multi-disciplinary research aimed at understanding the interface between behavior and physiology. Our Epidemiology faculty integrate social, psychological and biological approaches that provide insight on health and illness over the life course. The division hosts research programs in the dynamics of aging; cancer prevention and control, emphasizing behavioral epidemiology; genetic epidemiology; mental health, focusing on the determinants of psychiatric and behavioral health conditions over the life span; maternal and child health; and traumatic brain injury.

This department is also home to the Virginia Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network (ACORN), our well-respected practice-based research network composed of more than 90 practices throughout the commonwealth of Virginia.

We invite you to learn more about our research programs and to get acquainted with our faculty, their research programs and publications, and the vast array of their scholarly work.

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