Institute on Randomized Clinical Trials

Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical TrialsThe NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) in collaboration with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) will hold the Seventeenth  Annual Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials on July 9-20, 2017, in Warrenton, Virginia.





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Dates: July 9-20, 2017

Airlie Conference Center
6809 Airlie Rd, Warrenton, VA 20187
Warrenton, Virginia

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To provide a thorough grounding in the conduct of randomized clinical trials to researchers and health professionals interested in developing competence in the planning, design, and execution of randomized clinical trials involving behavioral interventions. The curriculum will enable participants to:

  • Describe the principles underlying the conduct of unbiased clinical trials.
  • Identify the unique challenges posed by behavioral randomized clinical trials (RCTs).
  • Evaluate RCT designs in terms of their appropriateness to scientific and clinical goals.
  • Select appropriate strategies for enrollment, randomization, and retention of participants.
  • Understand methods for monitoring, coordinating, and conducting RCTs.
  • Develop strategies for appropriate statistical analyses of RCT data.
  • Evaluate the quality of behavioral RCTs and interpret their results.
  • Design an RCT as part of a working group on a specific topic.

Dates and Location

Summer Institute will begin with dinner on Sunday, July 9, 2017 and conclude after lunch on Thursday, July 20, 2017.

The course will be held at the Airlie Conference Center in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Northern Virginia, providing a serene atmosphere for work and thought in a community of scholars. Warrenton, VA is approximately 60 minutes driving time from Washington, D.C. Lodging, meals, and instruction will take place at the Conference Center. Fellows are required to remain on site for the duration of the Institute.


Faculty of summer institutes consist of leading authorities in their fields, with extensive prior experience in the conduct of major clinical trials, with specializations in psychology, behavioral medicine, psychosomatic medicine, gerontology, oncology, cardiovascular diseases, mental health, statistics, randomized controlled trials, and related areas.

Participating faculty has included:

  • Walter Ambrosius, Ph.D.
  • Kenneth Freedland, Ph.D.
  • Michaela Kiernan, Ph.D.
  • Peter Kaufmann, Ph.D.
  • Tricia Leahey, Ph.D.
  • David Murray, Ph.D.
  • Lynda Powell, Ph.D.
  • DeJuran Richardson, Ph.D.
  • Bonnie Spring, Ph.D.
  • Joseph Schwartz, Ph.D.
  • Catherine Stoney, Ph.D.
  • Corrine Voils, Ph.D.

Final list of faculty for the 2017 Summer Institute is pending confirmation.

Eligibility Requirements

Priority will be given to individuals who have received their Ph.D. or MD (or equivalent) after 2010, but all researchers interested in pursuing a career in clinical research are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have at least two years of research experience, but new doctorates have also participated. Beyond these eligibility criteria, we are seeking individuals who have demonstrated research potential and whose careers are likely to benefit from this training. The ideal candidate will be actively pursuing an independent research career in behavioral randomized controlled trials.

Due to limited availability of space, preference will be given to citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or those lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or other legal verification of such status). Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Preference is also given to individuals who are not employees of NIH.

Reasonable Accommodations for Disabilities: If you are accepted to attend the summer institute and require reasonable accommodations for disabilities to participate in this activity begins, please contact Dr. Kate Stoney at immediately upon acceptance.

Costs and Stipends

Fellows will be responsible for travel to and from the Summer Institute site, room and board, and for course materials.  Limited support may be available to offset a portion of these costs.  Family members may accompany participants at their own expense.

Application Procedures & Form

To Apply, please use this link:

The deadline for submitting a completed application is March 3, 2017

General Requirements

  • Updated Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement from the applicant regarding how the course will promote their career objectives
  • Letter of recommendation

Although some Summer Institutes Fellows have been awarded or applied for K-awards, this is neither a requirement nor criterion for acceptance into the Summer Institute. Because admission to the Summer Institute is competitive and uncertain, applicants for K-awards should not include participation in the Summer Institute as a component of their K-award training program. Most Summer Institute participants are not funded by K-awards.

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