Behavioral Measurement and Interventions Shared Resource

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• Co-Directors: Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RD and Lois Loescher, PhD, RN

The Behavioral Measurement and Interventions Shared Resource (BMISR) has more than 25 years of experience as a national leader in providing support to researchers investigating human behaviors such as:

  • Diet
  • Physical Activity
  • Tobacco Exposure
  • General Behavioral Risk Factors
  • Quality-of-life
  • Sun Safety Behaviors
  • Sexual Practices
  • Health Habits

We can enhance the quality and efficiency of research projects by offering assistance in project development, availability of validated instruments used by numerous research groups around the country, and support for the collection and analysis of behavior. 

A wide range of valid and reliable QUESTIONNAIRES and research designs for assessing human behavior are provided. Specialized instruments for culturally diverse populations such as Mexican Americans and Native Americans and focused diet questionnaires are also available. The BMISR provides technical support for the use of these questionnaires, including optical scanning technology (including image archiving and intelligent character recognition), nutrition assessment software, and light pen entry system for developmental instruments.


SERVICES for the research community include:

  • Validated questionnaires
  • Questionnaire development
  • Data collection – 24-hour dietary recalls
  • Consultation for behavioral research design
  • Consultation on use of existing health-related quality of life measures
  • Database creation and management
  • Web questionnaire programming and management
  • Interviewer and health coach training
  • Accelerometer data collection and analysis
  • Body Composition by BIA and dual-Xray Absorptiometry (DXA)
  • Statistical summaries and analysis of diet/activity assessment data

The BMISR continues to be a leader in development of diet and activity data collection mobile health (mhealth) technologies. The BMISR utilizes smart phone applications and other mhealth tools to improve data quality and ease respondent burden and offers training on the use of these eplatforms for real-time data capture.  For example, BMISR can use smart phone photographs to enhance diet recall interviews.  

The BMISR is available to assist any investigator within The University of Arizona Cancer Center, the University of Arizona research community, as well as external research entities. Please review our list of user references; following the references is a list of peer-reviewed publications. 

The BMISR consists of a CORE RESEARCH TEAM providing expertise in dietary and human behavioral assessments. The BMISR which is directed by Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RD and Lois Loescher, PhD, RNconsists of a small professional staff including an operational director, database manager, database analyst and several student research assistants. The Scientific Advisory Board has a multidisciplinary makeup of experienced researchers that address a broad spectrum of research issues, and provide consultation regarding the design, validation, and implementation of behavioral assessment in the context of clinical research.

Please explore our website to learn more about the services we offer and our recent expansion to design and deliver lifestyle interventions for research studies. We hope that we continue to grow and make changes in order for BMISR to be prepared and able to meet the needs of our Investigators.

Thank you for visiting our website!

For more information, please contact:

Angela Yung

Behavioral Measurement and Interventions Shared Resource
3950 S. Country Club Road, Suite 330
Tucson, Arizona 85714

(520) 626-8316 phone
(520) 626-3355 fax

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