The Center for Health Improvement and Prevention
Studies (CHIPS) has conducted numerous research projects to
increase understanding of the many ways that patients receive
help from health care professionals and the health care system
in changing their health-related behaviors.
These studies have generated important contributions
in the areas of health psychology and provider behavior. The
research program has also extended across different research
domains including HIV/AIDS; tobacco and substance use;
domestic violence; weight gain, dietary habits and physical activity; and skin cancer.
CHIPS is the research arm of the Division of
Behavioral Sciences, Professionalism, and Ethics, which is situated within the Department
of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, UCSF School
Through the Division of Behavioral Sciences,
the multi-disciplinary research staff and faculty at CHIPS
also provide seminars and lectures to students of the
UCSF School of Dentistry and other UCSF schools.