Behavioral and Mental Health

Research exploring human conditions and behaviors that impact well-being, including work on addiction, anxiety, and depression.
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In keeping with our mission to improve human outcomes across the life span, we have recently expanded research to include behavioral and mental health as a focus at the Life Span Institute. Our research here explores a wide range of conditions and behaviors that bear on behavior and mental well-being, including work on addiction, anxiety, and depression.

Research Highlights

Michael Amlung

Introducing Investigator Michael Amlung

Michael Amlung is associate director for training at the Cofrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatment and director of the Addictions Lab @ KU. He conducts research on causes, consequences, and treatment of addictive disorders.
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Featured News: Training Working Memory

Lower income, unstable environments, and limited access to resources are associated with greater delay discounting, and over time, this can lead to chronic diseases such as tobacco addiction and obesity.
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Community Health News

At the Life Span Institute, we improve the quality of people’s lives through research. Explore and share stories you’ll find here about our investigators, students and staff, and the outcomes of our research.