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NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (BSSR) Festival

November 18, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - November 19, 2021 @ 4:00 pm EST

Join the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) virtually on Thursday, November 18 and Friday, November 19, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, for the annual NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (BSSR) Festival. Register to attend and view the festival agenda and speaker biographies:

The festival, hosted by OBSSR and in collaboration with the NIH BSSR Coordinating Committee, will showcase exciting research results, emerging areas, and innovations in health related BSSR. Presenters were selected from nominations made by various NIH Institutes and Centers to highlight impactful BSSR funded across NIH.

NIH Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives Director James M. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., will deliver welcome and opening remarks at the festival, and will be followed up by a State of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the NIH presentation by OBSSR Director William T. Riley, Ph.D. Day 2 of the festival will feature a keynote address by National Institute on Nursing Research Director Shannon N. Zenk, Ph.D., M.P.H., RN, FAAN. Other notable BSSR presenters include:

Thursday, November 18
Session 1: Toward Cultivating Connection

  • Sense of Purpose, Loneliness, and Cognitive Health: Angelina Sutin, Ph.D., Florida State University College of Medicine
  • Examining the Influence of Social Media Experiences on Depression among LGBTQ+ Persons: Cesar Escobar-Viera, M.D., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Efficacy of Yoga Versus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Versus Stress Education for the Treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A Randomized Clinical Trial: Naomi Simon, M.D., MSc, NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Session 2: New Rules of Engagement in BSS

  • Participant Engagement and Ethical Digital Storytelling: The MOCHA Moving Forward Study:
    Aline Gubrium, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Luis Arturo Valdez, Ph.D., M.P.H., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Albert Hubert, Stories Matter
  • Enhanced Perinatal Programs for People in Prisons: Rebecca Shlafer, Ph.D., M.P.H., University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Fusing Ambient and Mobile Sensor Features into a Behaviorome for Predicting Clinical Health Scores: Diane Cook, Ph.D., Washington State University

Friday, November 19
Session 3: Spatial and Structural Influences to Pay Attention to

  • The Social Epidemiology of Sleep: Chandra Jackson, Ph.D., National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH
  • Geographic Density and Uptake of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Among Young Gay, Bisexual, and Other Sexual Minority Men: A Global Positioning System Study: Dustin Duncan, Sc.D., Columbia University
  • Daily Associations Between Minority Stress, Craving, Effect, and Nicotine Use Among Sexual Minority Youth Who Use Nicotine: Ethan Mereish, Ph.D., American University

Session 4: Innovating in a Year (or Two) that We Never Expected

  • Face Covering, Physical Distancing, and Physical Activity Behaviors in Schools: Quantifying the Fidelity of Mitigation Strategies in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Shlomit Radom-Aizik, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
  • Early Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in Children Living in the United States: Genevieve Dunton, Ph.D., M.P.H, University of Southern California
  • Collective Action, Behavioral Models of Transmission, and COVID-19 Outcomes in Two Native South American Populations: Hillard Kaplan, Ph.D., Chapman University

If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Danielle Johnikin at (301) 670-4990 or and/or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339.

Register to attend and view the festival agenda and speaker biographies:

Questions? E-mail us.