Midwest Roybal Center for Health Promotion and Translation


The UIC Midwest Roybal Center for Health Promotion and Translation accelerates the translation of basic behavioral and social science research theories and methodologies into practical outcomes to improve the functioning and quality of life of older adults.

The UIC center is one of 13 Roybal Centers nationwide funded by the National Institute on Aging and the fourth funded consecutively at UIC.

This center funds pilot studies examining questions related to health promotion and maintenance of older adults.

This center emphasizes influences on the initiation and maintenance of behavior change. The center funds a least two theoretically driven pilot studies each year that examine factors that facilitate health behavior change at the individual level or that involve translating evidence-based health behavior change interventions at the organizational and societal level. Under the current funding cycle, this center retains its focus on translating interventions to older minority adults, expands the focus of health behavior interventions to include cognitive health, and targets three areas of focus:

  1. Mechanisms of behavior change
  2. Novel interventions that exploit the plasticity of biobehavioral risk mechanisms
  3. Programs that target features of social networks and social engagement to increase well-being.

Our work is guided by the RE-AIM framework for evaluating health promotion interventions to identify those that have the greatest potential for broad based dissemination and public health impact.

Funded Pilot Studies

The following studies have been sponsored by the Midwest Roybal Center since 2014:

These studies, conducted by UIC doctoral candidates, have been supported by the Midwest Roybal Center with funding provided by the Institute for Health Research and Policy, the School of Public Health, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

  • Improving Participation After Stroke: Examining a Self-Management Intervention Promoting Healthy, Active, and Productive Aging for Older Adults with Stroke (Danbi Lee, PI)
  • Caring Of Caregivers Organically (Judith Rocha, PI)
  • Does A Virtual Reality-Based Dance Training Paradigm Assist in Successful Aging in Older Adults? A Preliminary Study (Savitha Subramaniam, PI)
  • Relationship Between Sleep and Self-care in Type 2 Diabetes (Bingqian Zhu, PI)

Affiliated Center/Program

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Funding Agency

National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health (Grant No. P30AG022849)


Carol Estwing Ferrans, PhD, RN, FAAN
Tamar Heller, PhD
Beth Marks, RN, PhD
David X. Marquez, PhD
Laurie Ruggiero, PhD
Renae L. Smith-Ray, PhD

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About this grant

Since 1998, the Midwest Roybal Center has been supported at the University of Illinois at Chicago continously by the National Institute on Aging.

Related publications

See a selection of studies published with support of this center since 2008 in this PubMed list