Institute on Randomized Clinical Trials

Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials

The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) in collaboration with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) will hold the Eighteenth Annual Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials on July 8-19, 2018, in Warrenton, Virginia.





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Dates: July 8-19, 2018

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 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 8, 2018 and conclude on Thursday, July 19, 2018.

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.

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.
  • William Riley, 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 2018 Summer Institute is pending confirmation.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Priority will be given to individuals who have received their doctoral degree (PhD, MD, Dr.PH, DO, etc.) after 2011, but all researchers interested in pursuing a career in clinical research are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants should generally have at least two years of research experience.
  • The ideal candidate will be actively pursuing a research career in behavioral randomized controlled trials.
  • Individuals should have a behavioral clinical trial research concept in the form of a specific aims page to bring to the institute.
  • 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).
  • Applicants should be willing and able to pay expenses associated with traveling to and attending the entire training institute, if accepted.

Beyond these eligibility criteria, we are seeking individuals who have demonstrated research potential and whose careers are likely to benefit from this training.

Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Preference is 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, 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.

Applicants who wish to apply for the very limited number of scholarships to fund the majority of the costs to attend the Institute must submit an additional letter demonstrating financial need, and endorsed by their institutional leadership (Department Chair, Dean, etc.). This letter must not exceed one page.


Application Procedures & Form

To Apply, please use this link:

The deadline for submitting a completed application is March 2, 2018.  There is no fee to apply.

General Requirements

  • Updated Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement from the applicant regarding how the course will promote their career objectives
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Application letter for scholarship (if relevant)

Accepted applicants are required and expected to attend all days of the institute, fully participate in the group project, and complete all course evaluations.

Although some Summer Institutes Fellows have been awarded or applied for NIH Career awards, this is neither a requirement nor criterion for acceptance into the Summer Institute. Because admission to the Summer Institute is highly competitive, applicants for Career awards should not include participation in the Summer Institute as a component of their proposed training program.

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