Research Spotlights

Our research spotlights focus on behavioral and social sciences funded by the National Institutes of Health. These articles are for informational purposes only. They do not signify endorsement of specific studies or offer medical or treatment advice.

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Caregiving as a chronic stressor detrimental to mental health – or not?

Adoption and scaling up of overdose education and naloxone distribution through a “hub with many spokes” model.

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Modulating effect of the gut microbiome on the effect of second-hand smoke exposure on behavioral and cognitive performance: a mouse model

Disparities in sleep-wake patterns by labor force status: Population-based findings

Results from "Live Well", a randomized controlled community-based participatory intervention to prevent obesity in new immigrant mother-child dyads

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Tracking and characterizing longitudinal change in physical activity behaviors among study participants from different sociodemographic backgrounds

Insights and strategies for improving equity in graduate school admissions: a program review

Using community-based geographical information system (GIS) to recruit older Asian Americans in an Alzheimer's disease study

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Progress made but gaps remain: Availability of mental health services at HIV treatment sites

Preventing revictimization among recent survivors of sexual violence

Positive impacts of an adaptive digital health intervention for patients prescribed opioid analgesics

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Community concerns about the ethics of molecular HIV surveillance in public health practice

Use of advance care planning video tools to support adolescents and young adults with advanced cancer

The impact of epistemic injustice on patients with intersecting, marginalized identities in a clinical setting

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Using content analysis to understand the usage of stigmatizing language in recent scientific literature and its harmful effect on people living with HIV

“Just enough” diet tracking can still support healthy weight loss

A mouse model of adolescent heavy drinking indicates long lasting brain alterations following binge drinking

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Using classification models that identify mentions of Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) within clinical notes to develop open-source tools for identifying SDoH categories

Income–associated disparities in children’s brain structure can be alleviated with state-level anti-poverty programs

Factors associated with improvements in physical health and functioning of women during midlife

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Using machine learning with electronic health records to help predict opioid use disorder among U.S. veterans

Brain maturation sequence sheds light on youth sensitivity to neighborhood impacts through adolescence

Study finds increase in smoking prevalence and age of initiation among US young adults from 2002 to 2019

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Parental monitoring may moderate the associate between childhood environmental risk and adverse health outcomes into adulthood

In Sub-Saharan Africa, structural biases and legal barriers might contribute to higher HIV prevalence among MSM

Corporal punishment may impact neural systems to produce negative behavioral effects in adolescence

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The use of mobile devices for calming preschool-aged children may interfere with child development

Community-sourced recommendations from Latinx Trans and Non-Binary Individuals to promote cancer prevention