The Pediatric Health Behavior Lab (PHBL) is run by Dr. Tori Van Dyk within the Department of Psychology at Loma Linda University. Our lab takes a collaborative, team-based approach to identify ways to improve the health and wellbeing of youth. Using a biopsychosocial framework, our research aims to:
- Examine the ways in which mental and physical health are related in youth.
- Evaluate how positive changes in health behaviors such as sleep, diet, and physical activity are related to emotional and behavioral functioning and other physical health outcomes.
- Identify mechanisms, predictors, and intervention targets for negative physical and psychological outcomes in children and adolescents.
- Inform prevention, intervention, and public policy efforts to improve the lives of youth in our community.