Director's Voice Blog

In the monthly Director’s Voice Blog, OBSSR leadership discusses timely topics related to behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR). Subscribe to receive updates.

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This blog reflects public service and gratitude, and discusses racism and health, environmental health equity, the opioid and pain crises in the U.S., COVID-19 and firearm violence, injury and prevention.
The 15th NIH Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Honors will be held on Friday, June 3, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET. This half-day event features a keynote address from the 2022 Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. David R. Williams, and highlights innovative research from five Early-Stage Investigator (ESI) Honorees, who were selected out of more than 250 submissions to our ESI paper competition.
NIH OBSSR Director’s Blog provides an update on the NIH Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SBE) Initiative on the Health Impacts of COVID-19.
NIH OBSSR Director’s Blog discusses the case for ontology building and use in the behavioral and social sciences and describes some NIH activities in this area.
An NIH-sponsored special issue of the American Journal of Public Health shares diverse perspectives on biopsychological, behavioral, and social research gaps and opportunities to address the pain and opioid crises, and it highlights new collaborations for scientific advancements.
NIH OBSSR Director’s Blog on the future of behavioral and social sciences research at the NIH in 2022.
NIH OBSSR Director’s Blog on behavioral and social sciences research accomplishments.
The Annual NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival, hosted by OBSSR and in collaboration with the NIH BSSR Coordinating Committee, will be held virtually on Thursday, November 18 and Friday, November 19, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST each day. The festival showcases exciting research results, emerging areas, and innovations in health related BSSR.
Child health day recognizes the care and guidance children need to grow strong and healthy -physically, psychologically, and socially. To address pandemic and other child health concerns, various social and behavioral science organizations initiated a coordinated effort (#SBS4Kids) to describe the role the social and behavioral sciences can play in addressing these concerns and empowering our children to thrive in these challenging times.
NIH awarded 10 grants addressing firearm violence prevention.