OBSSR Director's Webinar Series

The OBSSR hosts virtual and in-person meetings that highlight behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR). In coordination with the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, other government agencies, and the wider BSSR community, OBSSR facilitates opportunities to network, collaborate, explore, and advance BSSR.

OBSSR hosts a Director’s Webinar Series on a variety of BSSR topics to help communicate BSSR findings and other relevant BSSR information. Subscribe to receive updates on the latest OBSSR and BSSR-related event information.

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Archived OBSSR Director's Webinars by Year

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Event Date: November 13, 2018, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Peter Pirolli, Ph.D.

Peter Pirolli, Ph.D., presented an overview of the Fittle+ mHealth systems that have been used to study several evidence-based behavior change interventions. Dr. Pirolli presented models developed in the ACT-R computational cognitive architecture…

Event Date: October 27, 2018, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Vitaly Napadow, Ph.D., LAc.

The patient-clinician interaction is central to mind-body therapies, including acupuncture, where psychosocial factors, such as clinician empathy and therapeutic alliance, are the source of key mechanisms of action. While self-report assessments…

Event Date: September 18, 2018, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Stanton A. Glantz, Ph.D.

Tobacco companies use color on cigarette packaging and labelling to communicate brand imagery, diminish health concerns, and as a replacement for prohibited descriptive words ('light' and 'mild') to make misleading claims about reduced risks. Dr…

Event Date: August 20, 2018, 1:00 pm
Presenter: Russell A. Poldrack, Ph.D.

Psychological science has long been focused on the discovery of novel behavioral phenomena and the mechanistic explanation of those phenomena, which has led to a lack of cumulative conceptual progress. Dr. Russell A. Poldrack argued that the…

Event Date: July 17, 2018, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Michael Paasche-Orlow M.D., M.A., M.P.H.

Dr. Paasche-Orlow’s team designed and evaluated a series of interactive Embodied Conversational Agent (ECA) systems. In this session, he described attributes and design features of ECA systems with a focus on the current system as deployed with…

Event Date: June 19, 2018, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Greg Siegle, Ph.D., and Arielle Baskin-Sommers, Ph.D.

Greg Siegle, Ph.D., presented on cognitive training to address obstacles to recovery. His talk described neural vulnerabilities that could help to explain the mediocre success rate of traditional behavioral treatments along with initial data…

Event Date: May 15, 2018, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Linda K. Larkey, Ph.D., CRTT

Linda K. Larkey, Ph.D., CRTT, professor in Arizona State University’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation and adjunct faculty with Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ, reviewed the broader evidence (from her own work and others’) on Meditative…

Event Date: March 27, 2018, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Kenzie A. Cameron, Ph.D., M.P.H., FACH

Invasive pneumococcal disease remains a leading cause of vaccine-preventable illness in the United States. Although rates of pneumococcal vaccination among non-institutionalized adults age 65 and older have increased substantially in the past 20…

Event Date: February 27, 2018, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Warren K. Bickel, Ph.D., and Samuel McClure, Ph.D.

The speakers described a translational research program that explores the application of basic behavioral findings on delay discounting, decision science, and the neural underpinnings of these processes to the development of interventions for…

Event Date: January 16, 2018, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Nancy Schmeider Redeker, Ph.D., RN, FAHA, FAAN, and Lois S. Sadler, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Healthy sleep habits and resulting sleep quality and quantity are critical to children’s growth and development. Children who live in economically stressed urban environments are especially vulnerable to unhealthy sleep habits and their negative…