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Penn State’s Biobehavioral Health (BBH) Department is involved in a wide range of research projects that push the boundaries of knowledge in our field.

Both undergraduate and graduate students can work with faculty in high-profile, real-world projects related to physiological processes, health behaviors, genetics and epigenetics, chronic disease, neuroscience, global health, psychological states and processes, environmental exposures, bioethics, health disparities, intervention science — and so much more. You'll gain experience interacting with participants, using research-related equipment and processes, collecting data, conducting data analyses, and presenting and publishing their findings.

Want to learn more about specific projects of interest? Explore our list of faculty and research specialties.