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: May 19, 2020, 2:00 pm
Presenter: John Besley, Ph.D.

Dr. Besley studies public opinion about science and scientists’ opinions about the public in the context of trying to help science communicators be more strategic. He wants to understand how views about decision-makers and decision processes…

Event Date: September 24, 2019, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Felicia Hill-Briggs, Ph.D., ABPP

In the era of transformation to value-based care, new accountability is placed on health care delivery systems to provide high quality care that improves the health of populations, improves the patient experience of care, and concurrently reduce…

Event Date: May 14, 2019, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Jeffrey Olgin, M.D.

This presentation provided an overview of the Eureka Research Platform, an NIH-funded resource for conducting research using mobile technology. Dr. Olgin described the resource (including its capabilities), provide a description of ongoing…

Event Date: March 18, 2019, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Pamela Herd, Ph.D.

The microbiome is now considered our "second genome," with potentially comparable importance to the genome in determining human health. There is, however, a relatively limited understanding of the broader environmental factors, particularly…

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…