Behavioral Measurement and Interventions

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The Behavioral Measurement and Interventions Shared Resource (BMISR) has more than 25 years of experience providing support to researchers studying human lifestyle behaviors (e.g. diet, physical activity, tobacco use, sun exposure) spanning the cancer continuum.

Between 2020-2023, the BMISR served 17 University of Arizona Cancer Center members and worked with 9 external collaborators including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center. In addition, the BMISR serves as the measurement core for two ENICTO (Exercise and Nutrition Interventions to Improve Cancer Treatment-Related Outcomes) trials.

The BMISR is a highly used resource that provides innovative approaches to investigator needs, offering a large team of trained student research assistants to collect data, specialized staff to manage data and co-directors to serve as consultants.

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Step 1: Select “About Our Core” to learn more about this Shared Resource.
Step 2: Login or sign up for an iLab account at the University of Arizona. For login help, email
Step 3: Once the login step is completed, obtaining prices, services and scheduling is available within the iLab system.

Please remember to acknowledge the Cancer Center Support Grant (P30 CA023074) when publishing manuscripts or abstracts that utilized the services of the University of Arizona Cancer Center’s Shared Resources and/or were derived from CCSG pilot funds. Suggested language: "Research reported in this [publication/press release] was supported by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under award number P30 CA023074.


  • Theory to guide behavior change and interventions
  • Research design, methods, implementation and results reporting
  • Assistance with grant text for instrument or method selection/administration (see our BMISR Methods)
  • Evaluation services for cancer training programs 

Data Collection

  • Eligibility screening and participant enrollment
  • 24-hour dietary and physical activity recalls by telephone
  • Bilingual telephone-based surveys of Patient reported outcomes (PROs) including, but not limited to sleep, quality of life, and tobacco use
  • Body composition assessments using bioelectrical impedance, DXA and anthropometrics measures
  • Accelerometry including accelerometer rentals, protocols, administration, and support with analysis
  • REDCap survey development
  • >Scannable paper forms such as the Arizona Food Frequency Questionnaire (AFFQ)
  • Veggie Meter – an objective measure of fruit/vegetable intake
  • Short Physical Performance Battery and Strength Testing

Behavioral Interventions

  • Tailored participant educational materials
  • Real-time Short Message Service (SMS) response
  • Health coaching and fidelity monitoring 

Training and Instruction​

  • Short Physical Performance Battery and Strength Testing
  • Health coaching and fidelity monitoring 
  • Provided training opportunities to 22 undergraduates and 6 graduate students over last 3 years
  • Training included diet and physical activity assessment, health coaching and fidelity monitoring 

Instrument Repository




Abrams Public Health Building
3950 S. Country Club Rd.
Suite 330
Tucson, AZ 85714

Rina Fox, PhD, MPH

Shared Resource Co-Director, Behavioral Measurement and Interventions
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
Cancer Prevention and Control Program