2019: Oregon Research Institute

Founded in 1960, the Oregon Research Institute (ORI) is an independent nonprofit behavioral sciences research center with an international reputation as a leader in research to help people live healthier lives. ORI scientists embody the belief that the solutions to many of society’s most pressing health and social issues lie in our ability to understand and influence human behavior. ORI researchers apply fundamental behavior analysis and behavior change principles to develop and scientifically evaluate evidence-based interventions to promote health and well-being and to prevent and/or treat important behavioral health problems. ORI’s research focuses on (a) promoting healthy child development through interventions to improve parenting skills in at-risk families, improve school environments and instructional practices, and improve peer environments in and outside of school; (b) promoting psychological health through interventions to prevent and treat depression and eating disorders; (c) promoting physical health through interventions to improve diet and exercise throughout the lifespan and to reduce obesity; (d) preventing and treating substance abuse, through interventions focused on nicotine, alcohol, opioids, marijuana, and other drugs; and (e) implementing and disseminating evidence-based behavioral interventions in real-world contexts, such as schools, healthcare settings, service agencies,  communities, and public policy. ORI is funded by research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Institute of Education Sciences, and has 43 scientists and 50 active research projects. ORI is committed to scientific freedom and excellence and provides a collegial and supportive research community for early-career and seasoned researchers alike. 



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