The Center for Behavioral Research and Services is a multi-function unit of California State University, Long Beach, and is dedicated to psychosocial research and services related to community health and social problems. The establishment of this unit was prompted and facilitated by the 1993 merger of the CSULB-based AIDS Research and Education Project and the Long Beach AIDS Network, a community-based HIV service organization originally founded by the City of Long Beach's Department of Health and Human Services.
The CSULB Center for Behavioral Research and Services (CBRS) conducts social and behavioral research on health and substance-use related issues. The focus of these studies has been on HIV risk, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and understanding tobacco use among young people. CBRS also operates programs to reduce HIV risk in historically under-served populations.
CBRS employs approximately 50 individuals and conducts most of its activities in the Long Beach and South Bay areas of Southern California, though it has participated in or conducted national and international programs. Office-based activities are located in a 8,280 square foot community facility that serves as the main administrative office, the base for outreach activities, and a location for prevention counseling programs. CBRS also operates a mobile unit that brings HIV testing and counseling and immune assessment services to drug users both in and out of treatment, visiting drug treatment programs and neighborhoods with a high prevalence of drug abuse.