Department of Biobehavioral Health Science
Dedicated to advancing biological, behavioral and clinical science for adults with complex health disorders, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and more
Research and Scholarship
The Department of Biobehavioral Health Science is a vibrant community of accomplished educators, scholars and researchers, with numerous international, national and regional awards for teaching and research. Our faculty are leaders in professional organizations and serve on national research and professional boards, such as the Scientific Review Sections for the National Institutes of Health, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, and the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute. Faculty and student scholars conduct life-changing research in areas such as:
- Health promotion and disease prevention
- Symptom measurement, management, and quality of life
- End of life and palliative care
- Innovations in health information technologies
- Health disparities and health equity
- Neurobiology of sleep and sleep disorders
- Discovering biologic mechanisms and markers
- Developing interventions to help improve or adapt/manage diverse health disorders
Leading the way in Illinois in educating adult-gerontology primary and acute care nurse practitioners, our programs offer a diverse curriculum to provide care to the entire adult/older adult age spectrum and across the continuum of care from wellness to illness. The scope of practice of the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner (AG-PCNP) or adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner (AG-ACNP) is not setting-specific but patient-centered.
The objectives of our Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are to prepare expert advanced practice nurses who can synthesize practice, research, and theory to increase the quality and utilize evidence as the basis of patient care.
Our department is home to these DNP programs:
About our academic programs
Meet the interim department head
Laurie Quinn, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA, CDE APN-CS
Laurie Quinn, a clinical professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Science, has been a researcher for more than 20 years. Her research program has focused on improving the health of people with diabetes and reducing the burden of diabetes complications.
In 2018, Quinn received the college’s inaugural Dr. Mi Ja Kim Endowed Faculty Research Award for her efforts to improve the clinical management of diabetes through research, mentorship and service. Her research has examined the interaction of psychological, behavioral and physiological aspects of diabetes.
Quinn has published numerous articles, several as first author, in top-tier journals, such as Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and Pediatric Nursing. Recognized around the world, she has presented her scholarship at more than 40 international, national and regional meetings.
Quinn was acknowledged nationally with her induction as a fellow in both the American Academy of Nursing and the American Heart Association. She has also contributed nationally to nursing curricula development through her book chapters on diabetes and diabetes management.
As evidence of her excellence in leadership, Quinn received two important awards: the SAGE Award for mentorship and the UIC Mentoring Award.