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Institute for Excellence in Health Equity Research Pillar Center for Healthful Behavior Change

Center for Healthful Behavior Change

Adopting and maintaining healthful behavior is a core component of preventing and managing rates of chronic disease, which are rising in the United States and abroad, especially among minority populations.

At the Center for Healthful Behavior Change in NYU Langone’s Institute for Excellence in Health Equity, we work in communities that are not historically well connected to the healthcare system to translate evidence-based research into strategies to encourage healthful behavior change. By connecting our research and clinical care with communities in New York City and around the world, our goal is to reduce health disparities in cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, sleep disorders, and other chronic conditions.

Vision and Mission

The vision of the Center for Healthful Behavior Change is to become a global leader in translational behavioral health research and education and training. We have a three-part mission:

  • to develop, test, evaluate, and disseminate innovative behavioral interventions in clinical practice and community-based settings
  • to promote education and training in translational behavioral medicine research by building a diverse group of underrepresented minority investigators
  • to develop and serve as a resource for conceptual, theoretical, and applied models of health behavior change through multidisciplinary collaboration

Our Team and Partners

The Center for Healthful Behavior Change is directed by Antoinette M. Schoenthaler, EdD, and is composed of a team of faculty and staff with backgrounds in medicine, public health, behavioral science, psychology, education, nursing, nutrition, and naturopathic medicine.

We work with partners in NYU Langone’s Departments of Population Health, Medicine, Psychiatry, and Neurology; the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine; NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn; and Family Health Centers at NYU Langone, as well as with NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science; NYU College of Dentistry; NYU School of Global Public Health; and NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing.

Contact Us

For more information about the Center for Healthful Behavior Change, please contact Adebayo Ogunlade, MSc, program manager, at