Staff Directory

Farheen AkbarFarheen Akbar, MPH
Health Science Policy Analyst
Farheen.akbar@nih.gov
NIH Liaison: NIDCR, NINR

Farheen joined the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) in December 2016. She leads the Policy and Evaluation team at OBSSR, providing guidance on planning, policy development, and analysis necessary for key policy and program decisions by the NIH leadership.  Farheen serves as the point person on collaborations with NIH Office of Portfolio Analysis, creating and improving tools that will better evaluate the behavioral and social sciences funded by the NIH. Full Bio

Dara Blachman-Demner, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
Dara.blachman-demner@nih.gov
NIH Liaison: NICHD, OAR

Dr. Dara Blachman-Demner joined OBSSR in January, 2017. She is focused on efforts to facilitate the adoption of behavioral and social science findings into health research and practice. She has expertise in developmental psychopathology; prevention and intervention research at multiple levels of the social ecology; community based participatory research; and dissemination and implementation science. Full Bio

 

William Elwood, PhDWilliam Elwood, Ph.D.
OppNet Facilitator/Health Scientist Administrator
William.elwood@nih.gov
NIH Liaison: NIAAA, NIEHS, NIDCD

Dr. Bill Elwood specializes in OBSSR efforts to improve the synergy among basic through applied researchers and research findings. He manages OBSSR’s efforts in NIH’s Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet). Bill facilitates the monthly OBSSR Director’s Seminar series and the annual Matilda White Riley Early Stage Investigator Honors competitionFull Bio

 

Elizabeth GinexiElizabeth Ginexi, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
Lginexi@mail.nih.gov
NIH Liaison: NIGMS, NCATS

Dr. Elizabeth Ginexi joined OBSSR in November 2016. She is focused on the application of innovative research methodologies, measurement, and analytic approaches to advance behavioral and social sciences research. She has expertise in family- and community-based etiology, prevention, and treatment research; policy interventions to target population-level health behavior; and quantitative analysis, statistical and computational modeling. Full Bio

 

Female Image PlaceholderDana Greene, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
Dana.schloesser@nih.gov
NIH Liaison: NEI, NIMH, NINDS

Dr. Dana Greene joined OBSSR as a Health Scientist Administrator in late 2016. Her area of expertise is Behavioral Neuroscience, with a focus on behavioral methods in animal models and humans. She is currently involved in the BRAIN Initiative, BluePrint for Neuroscience Research, the Sleep Research Coordinating Committee, the Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Working Group, and the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study. Full Bio


Sarah HargraveSara Hargrave, Ph.D.
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow
sara.hargrave@nih.gov
NIH Liaison: NIDCD, NINDS

Sara Hargrave joined the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research in August, 2016 as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow.  Dr. Hargrave received her Ph.D. in psychology, with concentrations in Behavioral Neuroscience and Ingestive Behavior from Purdue University, after which she received postdoctoral training at the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at American University.  Full Bio

Dr. Christine Hunter
Christine Hunter, Ph.D., ABPP
Deputy Director
hunterchristine@mail.nih.govChristine Hunter recently joined OBSSR as deputy director. In this capacity, she will assist the director in leading the Office’s trans-NIH initiatives and efforts.

 

 

Kate McNeillKate McNeill, MA
Public Health Advisor
kate.mcneill@nih.gov

Kate McNeill, MA, is a Public Health Advisor in the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research.  She joined OBSSR in October, 2016 and primarily focuses on budget, contracts, and planning for the office.  Kate comes to OBSSR after working in several different Programs and Offices at the National Cancer Institute. Full Bio

erica-moore_Erica Moore
Communications Director
erica.moore2@nih.gov

Erica Moore is the Communications Director in the Office of Behavior and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR). Erica’s responsibilities within OBSSR include managing all communications, outreach, and engagement activities.


Kathryn Morris, MPHKathryn Morris, MPH
Health Science Policy Analyst
kathryn.morris@nih.gov
NIH Liaison: FIC, ORWH

Kathryn is a Health Science Policy Analyst in OBSSR, serving as executive secretary of the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee, facilitating co-funding opportunities for the office, and providing research and analyses for the office. Kathryn is also the OBSSR liaison to the Office of Research on Women’s Health and Fogarty International Center. Full Bio

 

Dr. William (Bill) Riley Ph.D.William Riley, Ph.D.
OBSSR Director
william.riley@nih.gov

Dr. Riley is the NIH Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, and Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. He has served at the NIH since 2005 at NIMH, NHLBI, and NCI before his current appointment in 2015. He is responsible for advising NIH leadership on issues pertaining to behavioral and social sciences research and for coordinating the behavioral and social sciences research supported by NIH. Full Bio

 


Wendy-Smith2Wendy Smith, MA, Ph.D., BCB
Associate Director
smithwe@mail.nih.gov
NIH Liaison: NIDA, NCCIH

Dr. Smith is the Associate Director in the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. In this position, she advises the NIH Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Science Research on programmatic and scientific issues particularly related to behavioral and social sciences and interdisciplinary research, public private partnerships, and leads the development of new trans-NIH research initiatives from emerging research opportunities.  Full Bio


Michael L. Spittel, Ph.D.

Michael Spittel, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
Michael.Spittel@nih.gov
NIH Liaison: NIA, NLM, NIMHD

Dr. Michael Spittel joined OBSSR in 2011 to co-lead new science initiatives to improve research addressing Population Health in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSSR). He is focused on innovations in statistics, data, and science training. He has expertise in demography, methods, and the social determinants of health. He is the program coordinator for the following funding opportunity announcements: Population Health Interventions: Integrating Individual and Group Level Evidence (R01, R21) and Education and Health: New Frontiers (R01, R21, R03).   Full Bio

Erica SpottsErica Spotts, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
Erica.Spotts@nih.gov
NIH Liaison: NHGRI, NIAID

Erica L. Spotts, Ph.D., is a health scientist administrator. She was previously a program officer in the Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), where she was hired to lead the Behavior Genetics portfolio. In that capacity she was integral to the efforts to conduct genome-wide scans on 20,000 subjects of the Health and Retirement Study, as well as more fully develop the genetics portfolio for BSR.  Full Bio


Dana Wolff-Hughes PhotoDana Wolff-Hughes, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
dana.wolff@nih.gov
NIH Liaison: NIAMS, NIBIB, NHLBI

Dana Wolff-Hughes joined the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research in June 2016 as a Health Scientist Administrator.  Her primary responsibility is to provide technical guidance and direction to research efforts related to the development and evaluation of behavioral and social outcomes using mobile and wireless health technology. Full Bio 

 

Deborah Young-Hyman, PhDDeborah Young-Hyman, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
deborah.young-hyman@nih.gov
NIH Liaison: NIDDK, ODP, ODS

Deborah Young-Hyman joined the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR), Office of the Director, NIH as a Health Sciences Administrator in January 2014. She is a behavioral health psychologist with post-doctoral training in psychoendocrinology, with a focus on psychosocial aspects of diabetes self-management and adjustment to illness.  Full Bio

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