What We Do


As part of the ACS Population Science department, the Behavioral Interventions team studies the psychological, social, physical, and environmental factors that affect people’s adoption of healthy habits, such as quitting smoking, engaging in regular physical activity, and eating a healthy diet.

We use our research to develop effective interventions and programs to help prevent the development or return of cancer.

Key Terms
  • Abstinence: The practice of choosing not to do a certain behavior or give into a desire or addiction, such as using tobacco or alcohol.
  • Intervention: A program or set of activities designed to help people or populations change a particular behavior (like sitting too much or forgetting to put on sunscreen) that increases their risk for a particular disease.
  • Sedentary: Sitting, reclining, or lying down while awake and expending very little energy. 

Our Behavioral Intervention Programs

We study how to help people change behaviors—such as quitting smoking or being more active—before and after a cancer diagnosis.