Behavioral and Social Sciences at the NIH and Implications for Public Health (2021)

In this virtual presentation to the BU research community, Dr. Bill Riley, Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), will highlight the behavioral and social science research priorities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as how researchers can engage with OBSSR.

The presentation will touch on the behavioral and social sciences generally as well as three critical public health areas: COVID-19, structural racism, and firearms violence prevention. Dr. Riley will explore how these public health crises have shaped future directions of NIH public health research and behavioral and social sciences research. View slides and article.

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About the Speaker

Bill RileyWilliam (Bill) Riley is the Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, and Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). During his 16 years at the NIH, he also served at the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and the National Cancer Institute. He also holds an appointment in the School of Public Health at George Washington University.

Prior to NIH, Dr. Riley served for 15 years in academic medical schools as well as six years in the private sector. Dr. Riley’s research interests include behavioral assessment, digital interventions for health risk factors, and the application of engineering and computer science methodologies to the behavioral and social sciences.

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