Biobehavioral Shared Resource (BBSR)


Overview of Services

The Biobehavioral Shared Resource (BBSR) is a shared resource of the UC Irvine Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. The mission of the BBSR is to support Cancer Center members and cancer researchers with expertise and services in planning, conducting, and dissemination of translational biobehavioral research. The BBSR assists cancer center investigators in conducting and communicating research of the highest possible quality. The primary activities of the BBSR include consultation on behavioral and/or quality-of-life patient-reported outcome measurements, research design, data collection, interpretation of self-report data, manuscript preparation, and counseling interventions within clinical trials. The BBSR has participated in translational research in psychoneuroimmunology, examination of behavioral issues that enhance recruitment and compliance within cancer center clinical trials and development of behavioral and quality-of-life outcomes associated with clinical trials. This support includes expertise on instrument selection and development, as well as consideration for data collection assessment intervals and strategies to obtain valid and reliable data. Consultative services include:

  • Patient Reported Outcomes and Measures (PROs). The BBSR can assist in selecting, implementing, and interpreting PRO measures. This includes assistance with psychometric/cultural validity in measurement, translation of study materials, support in field testing of study materials for cultural and linguistic relevance, and the use of computer adaptive testing and psychophysiology.
  • Participant Recruitment and Retention. The BBSR offers assistance in facilitating recruitment and retention strategies for biobehavioral research, performing eligibility screening and consenting of study participants, navigating consent to contact procedures, considerations of equity in recruitment and sampling, and informing tailored promotional and other study materials. The BBSR can also assist in navigating recruitment via the California Cancer Registry, assist in tracking and monitoring enrollment, and help with retention strategies.
  • Data Collection and Management. This can include conducting and transcribing focus groups, interviews, and qualitative measurement; facilitating qualitative data analyses; RedCap/Qualtrics data collection, and EMR data extraction.
  • Intervention Design and Implementation. The BBSR can assist in the use of best practices for behavioral intervention development and testing, managing protocol review and approval, identification of data to be captured and coordination of intervention use (e.g., fidelity, acceptability, tolerability), support in the development of intervention tools and materials, intervention delivery, and training interventionists. In addition, the BBSR can help develop study logistics and operating procedures.
  • Biosample Collection for Behavioral Research. The BBSR is available for consultation and support in best practices for the collection of biomarkers in behavioral studies. This includes expertise in the collection of saliva and oral fluids. The BBSR can also assist in coordinating logistics and sample processing and storage.
  • Training and Education. The BBSR offers trainings in the basics of biobehavioral research, behavioral Intervention development and trial design, and qualitative interviewing and research methods.


Michael Hoyt, Ph.D | Director

Jose Lechuga, MS | Facility Manager

Location and Hours of Operation

Hours      Location

Monday- Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

     UCI Main Campus
     200 S. Manchester Drive
     Orange, CA 92868

Links and Resources


Name Role Phone Email Location
Michael Hoyt, Ph.D

Jose Lechuga, MS
Facility Manager