Behavioral Measurement and Interventions

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 2016-2020, the BMISR served 24 University of Arizona Cancer Center members and worked with more than 37 external collaborators including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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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Since March, BMISR has been operating remotely and continues to provide services, including REDCap database building, telephone assessments and dietary recalls leveraging eHealth and Intervention Platform (eHIP), a HIPAA compliant software, which uses cloud based telephony. 

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)

Behavioral Interventions

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

Training and Instruction​

  • Tailored participant educational materials
  • Real-time Short Message Service (SMS) response
  • Health coaching and fidelity monitoring 
  • Provided training opportunities to 59 undergraduates and 16 graduate students over last 8 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

Jennifer W Bea, PhD

Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RDN

Angela Yung, MBA, RDN

Interim Associate Director for Population Science
Shared Resource co-Director, Behavioral Measurement and Interventions
Jennifer W Bea, PhD
Shared Resource co-Director, Behavioral Measurement and Interventions
Cancer Prevention and Control Program co-Leader