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.

What is HPRIR?

Program Overview:

Develop, assess, implement, and disseminate innovative health promotion and resiliency treatments and models of care delivery

Program Goal:

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

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! https://www.wfsb.com/news/new-research-found-ways-for-healthcare-workers-to-combat-burnout/article_06478fe2-4896-11ec-99d7-239c1caa3e90.html?block_id=994091