The Health Promotion and Resiliency Intervention Research (HPRIR) Program is a joint initiative between the MGH Mongan Institute Health Policy Research Center and the MGH Department of Psychiatry to harness the strengths of interdisciplinary behavioral health services research to enhance health, wellness and resiliency.

Meet our director! Dr. Elyse Park

Dr. Park is director of Health Promotion and Resiliency Intervention Research Program (HPRIR). She is a clinical health psychologist and health services researcher who, for the past 20 years at MGH, has been dedicated to understanding and improving health-related behaviors among cancer survivors and populations at risk for cancer and chronic disease.   Her research focuses on developing and implementing behavioral interventions to enhance resiliency, decrease tobacco use, and improve access to healthcare.  A Professor of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, her research is conducted at the MGH Mongan Institute’s Health Policy Research Center and Department of Psychiatry. Clinically, she treats cancer survivors. She founded the MGH Division of Clinical Research’s Qualitative Mixed Methods Research Unit and directs behavioral research at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine and the Tobacco Research and Treatment Center and, in this capacity, and has developed evidence-based interventions.  Accordingly, she started two hospital-based clinical services: the MGH Cancer Center’s Smokefree Support Service and the MGH Cancer Center Resiliency Survivorship Group Program.

Program Overview

To develop, assess, implement, and disseminate innovative health promotion and resiliency treatments and models of care delivery.

Program Goal

To promote the development of accessible, evidence-based interventions focused on resiliency, prevention, and survivorship.

Program Aims

Conduct behavioral delivery science research that enhances healthcare access and utilization

Assess mind-body resiliency interventions adapted for patients, providers, and vulnerable or underserved community populations

Build interventions that bridge oncology and primary care treatment across the cancer care spectrum

Develop psychosocial and behavioral treatments that are accessible, sustainable and integrated into healthcare systems

Promote health equity and health justice

Increase the use of telehealth research designs and treatment

Leverage innovative technology-based means of intervention delivery

Prioritize community outreach intervention research

Facilitate implementation research in resiliency and behavioral treatments

Training Aims

Train investigators and clinicians in resiliency and behavioral intervention research

Prioritize training in health equities and disparities research

Increase the diversity of clinical researchers trained in resiliency and behavioral intervention research

Promulgate training in evidence-based mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative) research

Program Intervention Expertise

Mind-body medicine interventions

Stress management and resiliency treatments

Stage-based and risk-based motivational treatments for health behaviors

Psychoeducational interventions

Positive psychology interventions

Problem-solving and emotion-focused coping skill-based interventions

Cognitive-behavioral interventions

Biobehavioral measurement

Phased Intervention Development

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Recent News

New research found ways for healthcare workers to combat burnout

With Channel 3, Eyewitness News, HPRIR Director Elyse Park, PhD ( @PsycholERPark )discusses burnout amongst healthcare workers and provides tips for diminishing burnout and promoting resilience, highlighting components of her SMART Program!