BSSR Festival Panel Two: Innovative Research Infrastructure, Methods and Measures in BSSR

BSSR Festival Panel Two: Innovative Research Infrastructure, Methods and Measures in BSSR

The NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival on December 2nd, 2016 at Natcher Conference Center will be highlighting behavioral and social science research and exploring new directions for research through panel discussions.

The second panel at the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (BSSR) Festival will be highlighting innovative research infrastructure, methods, and measures in BSSR.  The panel will be moderated by Richard Moser, Ph.D from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).  Dr. Moser is the Fellowship Training and Research Methods Coordinator in the Behavioral Research Program's Office of the Associate Director, which is housed within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the NCI. He directs the fellowship training program for the Division and provides analytic support for BRP research projects, including research design, data access, and statistical methodology. Dr. Moser serves as the Health Information National Trends Survey's (HINTS) data coordinator, and he directs the Grid-Enabled Measures (GEM) project, which is a web-based portal that uses technologically mediated social participation to promote the use of standardized health research measures and data sharing.

This panel will bring together researchers from different disciplines who are using cutting-edge methods to address health-related outcomes like alcohol abuse, sensory disorders and depression.

Eun-Young Mun, Ph.D is an Associate Professor at Rutgers.  She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Clinical Psychology, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) and at the Center of Alcohol Studies (CAS), and is a Graduate Faculty member of the School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Mun has researched developmental processes through which one’s risk for the development of alcohol problems is maintained, intensified, or ameliorated throughout the life span using longitudinal, experimental, and intervention data. She will be presenting on work she published in Psychometrika entitled, A Hierarchical Multi-Unidimensional IRT Approach for Analyzing Sparse, Multi-Group Data for Integrative Data Analysis. This research was funded by NIAAA (R01AA019511).

Argyris Stringaris, MD, Ph.D, MRCPsych researches and treats depression and related conditions in young people. He trained in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital in London (MRCPsych) and received his PhD from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. Dr. Stringaris is interested in how mood is generated and maintained and seeks to use this knowledge in order to improve the treatment of young people with depression and related conditions.  He will be presenting on his work in measuring irritability in children sponsored by his position with NIMH.

J. Bruce Tomblin, Ph.D works in the field of speech and language disorders. His research focuses on the epidemiology, etiology, assessment and treatment of children's language disorders. He will be presenting on his research funded by NIDCD (R01DC009560) on the Outcomes of Children with Hearing Loss Study.

Together, these studies will highlight how leading researchers are creating better, more efficacious measures using novel methods to study different phenomenon and utilizing the measures to improve functioning in children and adults.

The goal of this research festival is to build our understanding and capacity to implement transformative behavioral and system interventions that lead to sustainable improvements in health and well-being.

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