NIH Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Honors

Matilda White Riley

Save the Date: 12th NIH Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Honors
Thursday, June 6, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm ET
NIH Campus, Wilson Hall (Bldg. 1)
A registration link will be provided soon.


Matilda White Riley, Ph.D. (1911-2004) 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 National Institutes of Health (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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12th Matilda White Riley Honors Distinguished Lecturer

Mark J. VanLandingham, Ph.D.
Thomas C. Keller Professor
Director, Center for Studies of Displaced Populations
Tulane University

Mark J. VanLandingham, PhD, is the Thomas C. Keller Professor at Tulane University. His research focuses on a wide array of topics related to demography, sociology, and public health. He has led recent major projects focusing on the antecedents and consequences of largescale rural-to-urban migration within Southeast Asia; and acculturation, health, and well-being among Vietnamese immigrants in the United States. One major project underway investigates Health and Demographic Disparities in Long-term Recovery from Hurricane Katrina (HDDR-HK), funded by a Program Award (P01) from NIH. He co-leads this team of researchers from Tulane, Harvard, NYU, Brown, and Michigan with Mary Waters and David Abramson. This project is based at Tulane’s new Center for Studies of Displaced Populations (CSDP), which he directs. An enduring interest is community resilience within immigrant communities, and he has a recent book on this topic published by the Russell Sage Foundation: Weathering Katrina (2017). Regarding teaching, he co-leads (with Katherine Andrinopoulos) the International Health and Development (IHD) Section and Program within the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences in Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. For teaching and student mentoring, Dr. VanLandingham has recently received the school’s Teaching Excellence Award (2013) and the school’s award for Outstanding Long term Commitment to Student Needs (2018).

Early Stage Investigator Paper Competition

Participation details forthcoming, but please note that in January 2019, ESIs will be able to submit one research article meeting the following criteria:

  1. The first author of the paper is an Early Stage Investigator (as of the deadline for this paper competition submission), defined by the NIH as someone who has completed their terminal research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training, whichever date is later, within the past 10 years and who has not previously competed successfully as PD/PI for a substantial NIH independent research award.
  2. The article was published or accepted and in-press between 01/01/18 and 12/31/18.
  3. The article involves original research published in a peer-review journal. (Note: conceptual, review, or meta-analysis papers are not eligible for this competition).