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BSSR Coordinating Committee

December 12, 2008
Retreat Refreshes Behavioral, Social Sciences

Dr. Christine Bachrach, acting director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, wanted just one thing out of the first-ever day-long retreat for NIH’s widely dispersed community of behavioral and social scientists, held Nov. 12 at Natcher Bldg.

December 12, 2008
New Hope for Treatment of Addiction

Drug addiction is notoriously tough to treat, but now research is showing a fresh way to tackle the problem. It’s called computer-based training for cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT4CBT)

OBSSR’s Mabry Wins with Systems Analysis Team

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January 28-29, 2009 Dissemination and Implementation Conference

February 9, 2009, ­ 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Stigma: Lessons & New Directions from a Decade of Research on Mental Illness

July 12-24, 2009
OBSSR/NIH Summer Training Institute on Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions

May 3-8, 2009
Institute on Systems Science and Health

May 22-25, 2009
Gene-Environment Interplay in Stress and Health at the Association for Psychological Science 21st Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA

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Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee

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The NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee (BSSR CC) was established to enhance information exchange, communication, integration, and coordination of behavioral and social sciences research/training activities at the NIH. Formerly known as the NIH Health and Behavior Coordinating Committee, the committee's name was changed in 1996 to emphasize its relationship with the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), Office of the Director (OD), NIH.The NIH Institute/Center Directors (ICDs) participate in the Coordinating Committee through their appointment of a member and an alternate.

Specifically, the BSSR CC is charged with the following:
  • Serving as an advisory body to the Director, OBSSR/OD/NIH. This includes (a) making recommendations regarding scientific, programmatic, and policy issues and activities and (b) assisting OBSSR in the coordination of and collaboration among the ICDs in programmatic and scientific activities in the behavioral and social sciences at the NIH.
  • Serving as a point of coordination among the ICDs, OBSSR, NIH staff, and the external scientific community. This includes facilitating and promoting (a) exchange of programmatic and scientific information of mutual interest and (b) planning and implementation of collaborative programmatic and scientific activities and initiatives
In fulfilling this charge, the BSSR CC meets to plan, develop, and coordinate such activities as the issuance of Program Announcements and Requests for Applications; the convening of scientific lectures, seminars, and workshops (e.g., the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Seminar Series); the preparation of reports on the current status and future direction of health and behavior research at the NIH; the organization of presentations to lay and scientific organizations; and the addition of behavioral and social research components to NIH initiatives and studies.


Committee members and alternates are appointed by IC and Office Directors and serve a 3-year term. All interested parties are welcome to attend meetings. Click here to view the Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee