OBSSR will continue our annual tradition of celebrating the enduring legacy of Dr. Matilda White Riley this coming May (more details coming soon). This year’s event will reflect Dr. White Riley’s research trajectory and legacy by including a keynote address and presentations by the winners of the Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) Paper Competition. More information regarding this competition can be accessed here.

OBSSR staff invite you to nominate outstanding social-behavioral scientists as candidates for Distinguished Lecturer at the 17th Matilda White Riley Honors.

The Distinguished Lecturer will be recognized on our website and will be invited to provide the keynote address at this year’s event, which will be held in-person. Learn more about the Honors event and previous awardees: Past NIH Matilda White Riley Honorees.

The nominee should have a research career that has advanced behavioral and social scientific knowledge in areas within NIH’s mission and that expands upon Dr. White Riley’s work, including:

  • An expanded conceptualization of health and wellbeing that includes effective cognitive, affective and social functioning; and quality of life
  • Behavioral and social sciences research results that improve the lives of people and society
  • Illuminate the complex and dynamic interplay among processes at multiple levels (e.g. interactions between genes and the built, natural, and social environment)
  • Influence of social and behavioral factors on physical health and the utility of this knowledge for clinical practice and health policy
  • Life course perspective on development, health, and wellbeing of individuals and societies
  • Research approaches that build theory and methods in the advancement of knowledge on health and wellbeing

OBSSR has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness in speaker selection and agenda development of its scientific meetings and events.

Nominees need not have NIH funding.

Please save your nominee information as a PDF file and send it to Erica Spotts via email, spottse@od.nih.gov, by COB February 9, 2024. Nominee information should include:

  • Page 1: Nominee’s full contact information, including link to their webpage(s)
  • Page 2: A one-page statement demonstrating how the nominee’s research results and practice correspond with Dr. White Riley’s vision
  • Page 3: Nominee’s CV and/or NIH bio sketch

If you have any questions, please contact Erica Spotts, spottse@od.nih.gov, Chair, NIH Matilda White Riley Lecture Selection Committee.

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