Staff Directory

Leadership

 

William T. Riley, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)
Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH
Areas of expertise: behavioral assessment, research methodology, tech-based interventions, tobacco control.

Christine Hunter, Ph.D., ABPP
Deputy Director
Areas of expertise: behavior change interventions, mechanisms/processes of behavior change, implementation science, and obesity and diabetes research.
Wendy B. Smith, MA., Ph.D., B.C.B
Associate Director
Areas of expertise: clinical pain research, complementary and alternative medicine, research methodologies, patient reported outcomes, public private partnership development.

Staff

Farheen Akbar

Farheen Akbar, M.P.H.
Health Science Policy Analyst
Areas of expertise: portfolio analysis, policy and evaluation, public health, population health, behavioral and social science research in aging.

Deshirée Belis

Deshirée Belis, M.P.H.
Health Science Policy Analyst
Areas of Expertise: global health, implementation research, non-communicable diseases, portfolio analysis, evaluation, public health, health inequities.

Dara Bachman-Demner

Dara R. Blachman-Demner, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
Areas of expertise: dissemination and implementation research, community based-participatory research, multi-level prevention and intervention research, developmental psychopathology.

Kristin Brethel-Haurwitz

Kristin Brethel-Haurwitz, Ph.D.
Social & Behavioral Scientist Administrator
Areas of expertise: empathy, social decision making, cognitive neuroscience.

Alyssa Dolge

Alyssa Dolge, M.P.H.
Public Health Analyst
Areas of expertise: budget, contracts, cancer control research, health care delivery research

Bill Elwood

William Elwood, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
Areas of expertise: basic social and behavioral mechanisms and processes, community-engaged research, cultural and communication processes, health literacy and numeracy, management of chronic conditions, minority health issues.

Liz Ginexi

Elizabeth Ginexi, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
Areas of expertise: tobacco, alcohol, drug use, mental health prevention and treatment, policy interventions, statistical and computational modeling.

Dana Greene

Dana Greene, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
Areas of expertise: behavioral neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, circadian biology, radiation biology, animal models.

Beth Jaworski, Ph.D.

Beth Jaworski, Ph.D.
Social & Behavioral Sciences Administrator
Areas of expertise: digital health interventions, health experience design and equity, public mental health, media framing, dissemination and implementation science.

Erica Moore

Erica Moore
Communications Director
Areas of expertise: health communications, strategic planning, traditional and digital media, stakeholder engagement, branding, media relations, crisis communications.

Kathryn Morris

Kathryn (Katie) Morris, M.P.H.
Health Science Policy Analyst
Areas of expertise: global health, portfolio analysis, policy and evaluation, public health, maternal and child health intervention research, reproductive health research.

Sarika Parasuraman

Sarika Parasuraman, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Health Science Policy Analyst
Areas of expertise: health services research, child and adolescent health, policy and evaluation, social determinants of health, health systems, portfolio analysis.

Paula Roberts

Paula Roberts
Program Specialist
Areas of expertise: budget, Co-Funding, Personal Property, procurement.

Mike Spittel

Michael Spittel, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
Areas of expertise: innovative methodology and statistics, survey and data systems, and population health.

Erica Spotts

Erica Spotts, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
Areas of expertise: behavior genetics, developmental psychology, interpersonal relationships, family systems, depression.

Deborah Young-Hyman

Deborah Young-Hyman, Ph.D., CDE
Health Scientist Administrator
Areas of expertise: bio-psychosocial interventions, psychosocial treatment of diabetes, adherence to prevention/treatment behaviors, clinical trial design in BSSR.