Healthy eating and being physically active are critical behaviors to prevent and treat numerous diseases including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. The prevalence of obesity in the United States and globally has increased significantly over the last three decades. Obesity is a major risk factor for many chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease and cancer, where it is quickly overtaking tobacco as the leading preventable cause of cancer. The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences brings together faculty, researchers and students to conduct innovative research that involves intervening in our community (Ickovics, Pérez-Escamilla, White, Duffany) and diabetes (Pérez-Escamilla) in domestic and global (Pérez-Escamilla) contexts. Using services and resources of the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) and Yale Cancer Center (YCC), the goals of our studies are to conduct transdisciplinary research and initiatives that translates evidence-based findings from the lab to the clinic and community.