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Boston Roybal Center for Active Lifestyle Interventions (RALI)

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Lifespan Development Lab

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA

The overall goal of the Boston Roybal Center for Active Lifestyle Interventions  is to develop and test innovative behavior change methods to promote healthy aging, especially for adults at high risk for poor health outcomes.


RALI will develop and pilot strategies to increase and sustain active engagement in vulnerable populations of middle-aged and older adults using personalized and multicomponent approaches. It is widely known that physical activity is highly beneficial for physical, psychological, and cognitive aspects of health. However, the number of adults who are regularly active is shockingly low.


The Center utilizes its resources to develop novel, evidence-based programs to motivate and support an active and engaged lifestyle, broadly defined to include physical, social, work, and cognitive activities. The Center conducts interdisciplinary research drawing on resources and expertise across five Boston-area institutions: Brandeis University, Northeastern University, Boston College, Boston University, and Harvard Medical School.


RALI has developed partnerships with community organizations serving vulnerable middle-aged and older adults to inform and benefit from the research and activities of the Center.


Margie Lachman, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator and Director

Theresa Ellis, Ph.D.


Arthur Kramer, Ph.D.


Lewis Lipsitz, MD


Theresa Ellis, Ph.D.


Carmen Castaneda Sceppa, MD, Ph.D.


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