Behavioral Measurement and Interventions Shared Resource

Citing the P30 Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG)

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The Behavioral Measurement and Interventions Shared Resource (BMISR) has more than 25 years of experience providing support to UACC members and other University and national researchers studying human lifestyle behaviors related to cancer prevention and control, including:

  • Diet
  • Physical activity
  • Tobacco exposure
  • Quality of life
  • Sun-safety
  • Sexual practices
  • Sleep
  • Symptom management

BMISR is a unique "one stop" resource that provides investigators one access point to several research services ranging from study design consultation to intervention delivery to data analysis.

Examples include:

Behavioral research consulting

  • Advice on selecting or designing questionnaires for behavioral data collection
  • Study design/ concept development in regards to behavior change theory

Body Composition

  • Advice on selecting appropriate methodology
  • Support for DXA and BIA

Survey Development, Design and Data Capture

  • Advice on selecting appropriate platform based on project scope
  • Qualtrics and REDCap expertise

Behavioral Interventions

  • Behavior theory-based interventions
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Trained bilingual health coaches (diet, physical activity, tobacco cessation, etc.)
  • Integrated software for study management and behavioral intervention delivery
  • Short Message Service (SMS)


  • Anthropometry training including height, weight, waist measurements
  • 6 hour introductory course to Motivational Interviewing
  • Dietary recall training including practice call interviews and evaluation on technique
  • Standardized interviewing training

The BMISR has ActiGraph Accelerometers/Actigraphy for the collection of physical activity and sleep measures. The BMISR also has the ActiGraph software tools to analyze activity data collected with the devices.

The BMISR has software platforms in place to deliver lifestyle coaching to study participants. Coaches trained in diet, physical activity, and tobacco cessation behavior change are available to support research. In addition, student research assistants are available to assist with conducting screening calls or behavioral assessments by phone.  Software platforms can be modified to meet individual study requirements in collaboration with the Arizona Research Laboratory.

We have a wide range of valid and reliable questionnaires for assessing human behaviors.  Questionnaire descriptions and samples are located in the BMISR INSTRUMENT REPOSITORY which is a collection of Arizona questionnaires in addition to proprietary instruments available with permission from other sources.   



Consultation Services

Behavioral Theory and Research Design SMS Platform Development Grant Text
Behavioral Intervention Health Coaching Real-time SMS response  Participant education materials
Data Collection Phone Interviews Printed and Online Questionnaires

Questionnaire Development

Equipment Accelerometers Bioeletrical Impedance Analysis DEXA Machine
Training and Instruction NDS-R Dietary Recall and Certification Motivational Interviewing  Survey Development and Administration
Analysis Accelerometry Analysis Statistical Summaries Nutrient/Physical Activity Analysis
















All publications that include results, services or products generated by the University of Arizona Cancer Center Shared Resources must include the following acknowledgement in the manuscript:
"Services and products in support of the research project were generated by the University of Arizona Cancer Center Behavioral Measurement and Interventions Shared Resource, supported, in part, with funding from NIH-NCI Cancer Center Support Grant P30 CA023074."


Our CORE RESEARCH TEAM provides expertise in dietary and human behavioral assessments. The BMISR, is directed by Lois J. Loescher, PhD, RN, FAAN and Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RDN. The BMISR Scientific Advisory Board is comprised of experienced researchers that address a broad spectrum of research issues, and provide consultation regarding the design, validation, and implementation of behavioral assessment in the context of clinical research.

Please explore our website to learn more about the future areas of expansion and other changes being made now to ensure that the BMISR is prepared and able to meet the needs of our Investigators. Thank you for visiting our website!

For more information, please contact:

Angela Yung, Operations Manager
Behavioral Measurement and Interventions Shared Resource
Abrams Public Health Center
3950 South Country Club Road, Suite 330
Tucson, Arizona 85714
(520) 626-8316 phone
(520) 626-3355 fax