Biobehavioral Laboratory



The Biobehavioral Lab is now located at ITS Manning, 211 Manning Drive. Welcome to our new space! 

Overview of Services

The Biobehavioral Laboratory (BBL) was initiated in 1989 as part of the Office of Research Support and Consultation (RSC) at the UNC School of Nursing. The term biobehavioral refers to the interface of biological and psychosocial factors that underlie individual responses to acute and chronic illness. Since inception, the BBL has expanded in its mission to enhance knowledge and skills in biobehavioral science, physiological measurement and instrumentation.

What distinguishes the BBL from other clinical laboratories is its emphasis on non-invasive monitoring and the use of portable instrumentation. The laboratory houses a number of instruments for the monitoring of physiologic parameters such as electrical brain activity, cardiac output, oxygenation, body composition and heart rate responses.

The laboratory facility supports on-site sleep research and other measurements of interest to faculty and students. The BBL also has been expanded to include a nutritional research and behavioral observation suite. This suite houses an observational room equipped with 6 in-wall cameras and a monitoring room with video recording and editing software. For more information, see our research and equipment pages.

The BBL staff is committed to assisting and promoting faculty and graduate students’ efforts in the use of biobehavioral measures and physiological parameters in their research. The BBL is located on the ground floor of Carrington Hall, Rooms 10 and 03. Faculty and graduate students are encouraged to visit. For more information on how to request equipment or a research consultation with BBL faculty, feel free to call us at 919.966.7598 or email us at



Rose Mary Xavier PhD, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC|Lab Director

Mathew Steadman|Lab Manager

Location and hours of operation

Hours       Location

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

      211 Manning Drive
      Chapel Hill, NC, 27599

Links and Resources

  1. UNC Biobehavioral Lab


Name Role Phone Email Location
Mathew Steadman
Lab Manager
211 Manning Dr Chapel Hill, NC, 27599