Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical TrialsSummer 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) and the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) will hold the Nineteenth Annual Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials from July 7-18, 2019.

The deadline for applications to the 19th Annual Summer Institute has passed. Please check back in the Fall, 2019 for information regarding the next offering.

Please address questions to Dr. Kate Stoney at


The objective of the program is 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

Dates: July 7-18, 2019
Location: William F. Bolger Center, Potomac, Maryland


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 2019 Summer Institute will be available in the late spring.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Priority will be given to individuals who have received their doctoral degree (PhD, MD, Dr.PH, DO, etc.) after 2012, 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

The deadline for applications to the 19th Annual Summer Institute has passed. Please check back in the Fall, 2019 for information regarding the next offering.

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.

Please address questions to Dr. Kate Stoney at

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