A Clear Definition of Evidence-Based Behavioral Epidemiology


There are two parts to the equation of evidence-based behavioral epidemiology both of which require answering key questions or KQ's. The first part of the equation is "Behavioral Epidemiology." Epidemiology is taken from the term epidemic and is associated with the cause and control of disease. Behavioral health epidemiology is in regard to the cause and control of emotional and behavioral disorders. The term "behavioral epidemiology" has been in use since the 1970's but there has not been a systematic framework to clearly define it until now.

Defining behavioral epidemiology and specifically a behavioral health intervention begins with answering seven KQ's. Once these questions are clearly answered the formation of a behavioral epidemiological model can take place. Clearly answering the seven KQ's enables one to recognize a consistent process the subconscious must go through to bring about an emotional state and behavior. This subconscious constant occurs after an event and can be repeated continuously by the subconscious until it is interrupted, restructured and reprogramed.

Interrupting and restructuring a subconscious process before it manifests into an aberrant emotional state and disordered behavior eliminates the need for background history, diagnosis or analysis of external variables and events. The same process which enables the subconscious to continuously repeat a traumatic experience or reproduce a disruptive emotional state is used as the foundational tool in the Subconscious Restructuring® paradigm to assert control over an emotional state and behavior.

The seven KQ's which must be clearly answered to define behavioral health epidemiology are …

KQ1. What determines an emotional state and human behavior?

KQ2. How does the subconscious work?

KQ3. What do all behavior disorders have in common?

KQ4. What is the difference between brain, mind, conscious and subconscious?

KQ5. What is the function of the conscious and subconscious mind?

KQ6. Is depression a disease or disorder?

KQ7. Is depression caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain?

When the behavioral epidermis KQ's are clearly answered one now has a foundation to build an evidence-based behavioral health protocol. The KQ's which must be answered to legitimately use the term evidence-based in behavioral health are …

KQ1. What is measured?

KQ2. Why is it measured?

KQ3. How was the data generated?

Efficacy of empirical data in behavioral health occur when constants are measured and changed. Validity and legitimacy of the data occurs when it is generated by the client. The constant in behavioral health is the clients' emotional state. Measuring, monitoring and improving this constant is what brings about the efficacy of a behavioral health intervention.

For clear answers to all of the above KQ's, the results of case and group studies and a complete epidemiological overview of the Subconscious Restructuring® paradigm please visit …


Kelly Burris, Ph.D.