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

Gillian Acca, Ph.D.
Health Science Policy Analyst

Areas of expertise: neuroscience, mental health, women’s health.    

 

 

 

   

Farheen Akbar

Farheen Akbar, MPH
Health Science Policy Analyst

Areas of expertise: portfolio analysis, policy and evaluation, public health, population health, behavioral and social science research in aging.

 

 

   

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.

 

 

Bill Elwood

William Elwood, Ph.D.,
OppNet Coordinator/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.      

 

 

 

Kat McNeill

Kathryn McNeill, MA
Public Health Advisor

Areas of expertise: budgets, contracts, operations, and management.

 

 

 

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, MPH
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.

 

 

Erin Spaniol

Erin Spaniol, MS, MPH
Health Science Policy Analyst

Areas of expertise: public health, population health management, social influences on health.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Dana Wolf-Hughes

Dana Wolff-Hughes, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator

Areas of expertise: mobile and wireless health technology, epidemiology, physical activity and sedentary behavior research, methods and measures.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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