Occupational Science & Technology

Behavioral Health & Human Occupation Laboratory


2400 E. Hartford Ave.
Enderis Hall, Room 982
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Phone: (414) 229-3110


The Behavioral Health and Human Occupation Laboratory serves as a center for the investigation of college student drinking interventions, college student time use and well-being, and the examination of factors contributing to the well-being and mental health recovery for people with serious mental illness living in the community.

High-risk drinking is prevalent among college students and is associated with many harmful outcomes. Investigation of secondary prevention for high-risk drinking involves collaboration among the College of Health Sciences , the Center for Addiction and Behavioral Health Research (CABHR), the Norris Health Center and University Housing. A randomized controlled trial is underway to compare the effectiveness of three interventions among freshman residing in Sandburg Residence Halls. The Interventions include motivational interviewing techniques and provision of educational materials in both group and individual settings. These interventions are designed to reduce harm associated with high-risk drinking by encouraging students to make healthy choices about alcohol use.

Serious mental illness and related substance use affects a significant number of adults who desire to fully participate in everyday community life and in meaningful occupational roles such as pursuing education and work, serving others, parenting, advocating for others affected by mental health and substance abuse, and finding rewarding and creative opportunities to develop new talents, finding balance and daily routines that support a person at their best. Working with a variety of mental health agencies (Transitional Living Services, Mental Health Association, Grand Avenue Club), faculty and students aid in studying and promoting best practices.