Identify important new directions for health-related behavioral and social science research by March 29, 2020

The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) is seeking broad public input on important new directions for health-related behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR). Specifically, OBSSR requests your input on research directions (see RFI): that will support the achievement of the scientific priorities in the OBSSR Strategic Plan 2022-2026 (see current strategic plan) and that will advance or transform the broader health impact of BSSR.  OBSSR is interested in focusing on research directions that are trans-disease and cross-cutting in nature and address critical gaps in the field.

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February 18, 2020 | Dr. Marie “Tonette” Krousel-Wood Presentation on Implicit Attitudes and Medication Adherence: Tactic or Target for Innovative Interventions to Improve Adherence?

M.A. “Tonette” Krousel-Wood MD, MSPH, FACPM, FAHA is Professor of Medicine in the Tulane School of Medicine, Professor of Epidemiology in the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and serves in several leadership roles at Tulane including the Associate Provost for the Health Sciences at Tulane University. She is actively engaged as the principal and co-investigator in NIH-funded clinical research and clinical trials focused on overall and sex differences in adherence to prescribed therapies for chronic diseases, management of hypertension, and health outcomes and implementations research focused on women and men with chronic cardiometabolic diseases in rural and underserved areas.

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Meeting Number: 190 637 608

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SBM Grand Rounds Webinar: Integrating the Multiphase Optimization Strategy and the Behaviour Change Intervention Ontology

Date: February 6, 2020
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: Susan Michie, PhD and Linda Collins, PhD
Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $45 for non-members

 

Recent advances in the design and evaluation of behavioral and biobehavioral interventions include the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) and the Behaviour Change Intervention Ontology (BCIO). Inspired by engineering, MOST is a framework for development, optimization, and evaluation of behavioral interventions, where optimization is defined as the process of identifying the intervention that provides the highest expected level of effectiveness obtainable within key constraints imposed by the need for efficiency, economy, and/or scalability. Part of the Human Behaviour Change Project, the BCIO is a set of definitions for entities and relationships used to describe behaviour change interventions, their contexts, effects and evaluations. Development of the BCIO is ongoing and has involved a combination of reviewing, refining and extending existing relevant ontologies and taxonomies (such as the Behaviour Change Techniques Taxonomy (BCTTv1)), consultation with ontology experts, and peer review from, and discussions with, international behaviour change experts. In this webinar, Dr. Linda Collins, a developer of MOST, and Dr. Susan Michie, a lead investigator for the Human Behaviour Change Project and BCIO, will outline the ways in which elements of BCIO complement the MOST framework and how behavioural scientists can incorporate principles from both frameworks/ontologies into their work.

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December 16, 2019 | Drs. Carolyn Thorpe, Corrine Voils, and Ian Kronish Presenting on Measuring the Multiple Dimensions of Medication Nonadherence in Behavior Change Research

Have you ever wondered how best to measure medication nonadherence? Medication nonadherence is one of the health behaviors with the strongest influence on chronic disease outcomes. Yet, there is no single gold-standard approach for its measurement. This webinar will review the findings from a recent Delphi survey of medication adherence experts focused on eliciting best practices for assessing medication adherence in behavior change research.

Join us for a video lecture and discussion on December 16th, from 2-3pm EST.

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Meeting Number: 195 965 196

 

2019 NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival

Friday, December 6, 2019

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

NIH Campus – Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)

Register: https://www.scgcorp.com/bssrfestival2019

 

The Annual NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival will be hosted by OBSSR and the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee. The purpose of the festival is to highlight recently funded behavioral and social sciences research that the NIH supports; bring together behavioral and social scientists within the NIH extramural and intramural communities to network with each other and share scientific ideas; and explore ways to advance behavioral and social sciences research.

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October 10, 2019 | SBM Behavior Change Grand Rounds on Strategies for increasing the transparency of your behavioral medicine research

Transparent and open science practices are increasingly valued by research funders, academic journals, and the public. Increased research transparency has potential to increase research rigor, reproducibility, and access. This webinar will discuss three approaches to increase transparency in the research process: study pre-registration; open access data; and registered report publications. For each of these three topics, we will provide an overview of recommended practices; describe potential challenges to implementing these practices and possible ways to address these challenges; and provide resources for further learning. Study pre-registration is currently required for clinical trials supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by many journals, but pre-registration has value beyond clinical trials. We will discuss pre-registration of study design and analytic plan across a range of study types, as well as strategies to improve on clinical trial registration. A data sharing plan is currently required by NIH for certain grants and is requested by some journals. We will discuss the different approaches to sharing data, and discuss the benefits and challenges of making data and analytic code available for download in a public repository, as well as discuss challenges to open access data  (e.g., sensitive data). Registered reports are a journal publication format where a research project is approved for publication prior to research data being obtained. We will discuss the benefits and challenges of publishing registered reports and present the status of behavioral medicine-relevant journals with regard to offering registered report format.

 

Date: October 10, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. ET

Presenters: Megan McVay, PhD; Laura Scherer; and Ian Sullivan

Cost: Registration is free for SBM members and $15 for non-members.

 

October 22, 2019 | Keely Muscatell, PhD Presenting on Socioeconomic Influences on the Brain and Immune System: Uncovering Mechanisms and Informing Interventions

Keely Muscatell, PhD., is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at UNC Chapel Hill. Trained as a social neuroscientist, her research focuses on elucidating the neurobiological mechanisms that link social experiences and health. Her work is highly interdisciplinary, as she employs theory and methods from social psychology, cognitive and affective neuroscience, psychoneuroimmunology, pharmacology, and population health. Keely completed post-doctoral training in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars program at UCSF/UC Berkeley, and in the Psychology Department at Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA in June 2013, an MA in Psychology from UCLA in 2009, and a BA in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Oregon in 2006.

 

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Meeting Number: 191 366 190

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June 25, 2019 | Jennifer Inauen, PhD Presenting on Advancing the Science of Behavior Change Using Intensive Longitudinal Methods

Jennifer Inauen, PhD., is Assistant Professor of Health Psychology in the Department of Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine at University of Bern, Switzerland. She completed her PhD in psychology at the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), Switzerland. In her thesis, Jennifer developed and tested theory-based behavior change strategies to promote arsenic-safe water consumption in Bangladesh. She subsequently joined the team of Prof. Urte Scholz as a researcher and lecturer (University of Konstanz, Germany, and later University of Zurich), before joining the Columbia University Couple’s lab (Niall Bolger), and Patrick Shrout’s lab (New York University) during a research fellowship for prospective researchers awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. At her return to Switzerland, Jennifer established her own research group at Eawag as a group leader in environmental and health psychology, before joining the University of Bern as assistant professor. Jennifer Inauen’s research aims to understand the principles of health behavior change, which she studies at the example of healthy eating, physical activity, beverage consumption, hygiene, and medication adherence. Using mobile technology and innovative experimental designs in daily life, she is particularly interested in distinguishing within-person and between-person behavior change processes, and their temporal development. Based on these insights, she aims at developing more effective behavior change interventions.

 

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Meeting Number: 191 366 190

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