Teaching the Behavioral Sciences and Health Care

Behavioral sciences for the next generation of health care providers

About the book

The fourth edition of The Behavioral Sciences and Health Care provides trainees in every area of health care with foundational concepts of behavioral science as applied to individual and population health and disease. The text breathes new life into the biopsychosocial model by highlighting the integrated sciences model, which focuses on interdependence of the contributions made by all of the sciences basic to medicine. This integration is exemplified by the unifying conceptual framework of evolutionary science, in which increasingly complex gene–individual–environmental interactions explain behavior at the individual and social level.

Concise, updated chapters cover foundational elements of neuroscience, stress biology, normal psychology, and social factors in health care, addressing both traditional areas of behavioral science and topical concerns such as pain, palliative care, addictions, health care disparities, and violence. Uniquely among books of this kind, the text includes a thorough discussion of psychiatric disorders and therapies, aligned with current nosology (DSM-5). All chapters contain clinical pearls or vignettes, highlighted to emphasize applications in health care settings, as well as review questions and suggestions for further reading. A practice exam with extensive discussion of answers deepens students’ understanding of core topics while preparing them for certifying and licensing exams.

This text is particularly suited for use in systems-based and case-based curricula. Individual chapters can be used creatively in flipped classrooms and other active learning environments. Accessible and clear, without oversimplification, the book facilitates interdisciplinary education, providing a common core of knowledge for students in medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, and other health care professions.

Features for Teachers

  • The text is also available as an eBook (PDF) and as an interactive eBook (VitalSource)
  • Free examination copies for instructors
  • Free additional classroom resource (PowerPoint presentations and free instructor’s manual with discussion questions, role plays, case studies, scenarios, standardized patients, task-oriented activities for small and large groups and printable handout material)

Information and Resources

About the Editors

Olle Jane Z. Sahler, MD

Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Medical Humanities, and Oncology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.

John E. Carr, PhD, ABPP

Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Psychology at the University of Washington.

Julia B. Frank, MD

Clinical Professor and former Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry at George Washington University School of Medicine.

João V. Nunes, MD

Associate Medical Professor at the City University of New York School of Medicine in New York City.


Forrest C. Bennett, MD
Martha A. Bird, MD
Richard J. Botelho, BMedSci, BMBS, MRCGP
José L. Calderón, MD
Marlene Camacho-Rivera, ScD, MPH
John E. Carr, PhD
Marissa E. Carraway, PhD
Jillian S. Catalanotti,MD, MPH, FACP
Alexander L. Chapman, PhD, RPsych
Tingyin T. Chee, MD, MPA
Stephanie H. Cho, MD
Stephen R. Cook, MD, MPH, FAAP, FTOS
Jayanth Dasika, MD
Erin M. Denney-Koelsch, MD
Kristin A. Evans, PhD
James A. H. Farrow, MD
Jessica F. Ferreira, BA
Jonathon M. Firnhaber, MD
Julia B. Frank, MD
Maria F. Gómez, MD
Frederic W. Hafferty, PhD
Douglas C. Haldeman, PhD
Mariel R. Herbert, MD
Lisa D. Herzig, MD
Michael C. Hosokawa, EdD
Rory P. Houghtalen, MD
Ryan F. Houghtalen, BS, RN /
Girardin Jean-Louis, PhD
Joel L. Kent, MD
Ian M. Kodish, MD, PhD
Richard E. Kreipe, MD
Eric D. LaMotte, MD

Lars C. Larsen, MD
Keyne C. Law, MA
Patricia M. Lenahan, LCSW, LMFT, BCETS
Sonja M. Lillrank, MD, PhD
Nguyen Mai, PhD
Roland D. Maiuro, PhD
Christopher R. Martell, PhD, ABPP
Elizabeth A. McCauley, PHD, ABPP
Hilary H. McClafferty, MD, FAAP
Barret Michalec, PhD
J. LeBron McBride, PhD, MPH
K. Ramsey McGowen, PhD
Emily F. Myers, MD
João V. Nunes, MD
David W. Pantalone, PhD
Michael Peroski, DO
Richard R. Pleak, MD
Michael I. Posner, PhD
Mary K. Rothbart, PhD
Dennis C. Russo, PhD, ABPP
Olle Jane Z. Sahler, MD
Kaliris Y. Salas-Ramirez, PhD
Charles P. Samenow, MD, MPH
Ellen A. Schur, MD, MS
Azizi Seixas, PhD
Margie H. Shaw, JD, PhD
Taylor B. Starr, DO, MPH
Nancy K. Sugg, MD, MPH
Christine E. Tran-Boynes, DO
Timothy E. Quill, MD, FACP, FAAHPM
Peter P. Vitaliano, PhD
Ferdinand Zizi, MBA