Behavioral and Mental Health

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.

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Research Highlights

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Research Project: Disordered Eating Study

For military members, the constant pressure to meet fitness standards, physical requirements to enlist and expectation for leaders to maintain fitness levels as role models all can lead to eating disorders. This project is an effort to comprehensively measure disordered eating in both men and women.
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.

Behavioral and Mental Health Research Projects