Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials

Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions.

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The Summer Institute provides an advanced course in planning, designing, and conducting high-impact randomized controlled trials of health-related behavioral interventions. It emphasizes programmatic research and prepares fellows to lead or collaborate on systematic efforts to develop and improve health-related behavioral interventions and on rigorous, high-impact behavioral trials. The Institute’s long-term goal is to build an outstanding scientific workforce that will conduct clinical trials that can change practice guidelines, health care policies, and third-party coverage for health-related behavioral interventions, and that can help to expand the role of evidence-based behavioral interventions in clinical and preventive services. By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the evidentiary requirements of health care gatekeepers and the needs of stakeholders in health-related behavioral interventions.
  2. Formulate long-term goals for high-impact health-related behavioral intervention research programs.
  3. Use translational research models and optimization frameworks to guide intervention research.
  4. Incorporate basic behavioral and social science findings and advanced methodologies in this research.
  5. Understand the role of multidisciplinary team science in high-impact behavioral intervention research.
  6. Produce a plan to disseminate the knowledge gained in this course.


The agenda for the 2024 Summer Institute program is not yet available.  


The multidisciplinary faculty of the Summer Institute includes some of the leading authorities in behavioral intervention research and trial methodology. Most are affiliated with major universities, medical schools, NIH, or other agencies.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The course is designed primarily for early- to mid-career scientists who are pursuing a career in clinical research. It is open to interested researchers who received their doctoral degree (PhD, MD, Dr.PH, DO, etc.) in a relevant field after 2012. Individuals who received their doctoral degree before 2012 but who subsequently completed a relevant postdoctoral research training program or obtained a research-oriented degree such as an MPH or an MS in Clinical Investigation after 2012 are also eligible to apply.
  • Applicants should have had at least two years of relevant research experience.
  • The ideal candidate is actively pursuing a career in health-related behavioral intervention research.
  • 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 Summer Institute, if accepted.

Beyond these eligibility criteria, we are seeking individuals 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 Corrine Voils at immediately upon acceptance. Please Note: If, accepted, you will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, including CDC-recommended boosters.

Costs and Stipends

There is no course registration fee for the Summer Institute. However, Fellows will be responsible for the cost of travel to and from the Summer Institute and for room and board. 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 one-page letter that demonstrates financial need and is endorsed by their institutional leadership (Department Chair, Dean, etc.).

Application Process

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