NIH Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Honors

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Matilda White Riley

15th NIH Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Honors
Friday, June 3, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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NIH Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Honors Opening Remarks

Christine M. Hunter, Ph.D., ABPP
Captain, US Public Health Service
Acting Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH
Acting Director, OBSSR


NIH Matilda White Riley Early-Stage Investigator Honorees
Q&A follows each presentation

Moderator: Bill Elwood, Ph.D.
MWR ESI Coordinator and Health Scientist Administrator, OBSSR


Noli Brazil, Ph.D.
The multidimensional clustering of health and its ecological risk factors
Assistant Professor
Department of Human Ecology
University of California, Davis


N. Keita Christophe, Ph.D.
Shift-&-Persist and discrimination predicting depression across the life course: An accelerated longitudinal design using MIDUS I-III
Assistant Professor
Wake Forest University
Incoming Assistant Professor
McGill University


Patricia Homan, Ph.D.
Structural intersectionality as a new direction for health disparities research
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Associate Director, Public Health Program
Florida State University


John W. Jackson, Sc.D.
Meaningful causal decompositions in health equity research
Assistant Professor
Departments of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Mental Health
Johns Hopkins University


Alina I. Palimaru, Ph.D., M.P.P.
Mental health, family functioning, and sleep in cultural context among American Indian/Alaska Native urban youth: A mixed methods analysis
Associate Policy Researcher
RAND Corporation




Matilda White Riley Distinguished Lecturer
Q&A follows presentation

Moderator: Erica L. Spotts, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator, OBSSR


David R. Williams, Ph.D., M.P.H.
The Virus of Racism: Understanding its Threats, Mobilizing Defenses
Florence & Laura Norman Professor of Public Health
Chair, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Harvard Chan School of Public Health
Professor of African and African American Studies
Harvard University


Closing Remarks

Wendy Smith, Ph.D., BCB
Associate Director, OBSSR




Matilda White Riley, Ph.D., (1911–2004)  (634 KB) was a celebrated scientist and member of the National Academy of Sciences whose transformative work and leadership in the behavioral and social sciences at the NIH is honored annually by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR).

Each year, NIH honors the research trajectory and continuing influence of Dr. Matilda White Riley in the behavioral and social sciences across and beyond the NIH. Initiated as an annual distinguished scholar lecture, OBSSR expanded the event in 2016 to recognize emerging scientists with a competition for peer-reviewed articles by Early Stage Investigators (ESIs).

For more information about past NIH Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Honors, click here.

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