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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Job Opportunity–National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health is seeking an exceptionally talented, knowledgeable, creative, and motivated person to serve as the Institute’s Communications Director and Chief of the Science Writing, Press, and Dissemination Branch. The Branch, part of the Office of Science Policy, Planning and Communications, produces consumer health information publications, science news, multimedia, and other communications-focused materials on behalf of the Institute.

See the vacancy announcement for further details about the position and how to apply: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/320362600.  Please note that the vacancy is only open for six calendar days (due to standard hiring procedures). I encourage you to review this information today and apply by Saturday, July 7, 2012 to seize this opportunity.  Also, please forward this information to potential candidates and/or circulate it through your networks.

If you have questions about this announcement, please contact Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi, Director of the NIMH Office of Science Policy, Planning, and Communications (Stefano.Bertuzzi@nih.gov).

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Thursday, March 1st, 2012

2012 NIH Summer Institute on Social and Behavioral Intervention Research

The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and sponsoring NIH Institutes and Centers are pleased to announce the 2012 NIH Summer Institute on Social and Behavioral Intervention Research.  Please feel free to distribute this notice through your networks.  Thank you.

2012 NIH Summer Institute on
Social and Behavioral Intervention Research

Application Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern, Friday, April 27, 2012
Institute website: http://conferences.thehillgroup.com/obssrinstitutes/si2012/index.html

Date
July 9-13, 2012

Location
Columbia University School of Social Work
1255 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027

Course Objectives

The NIH Summer Institute will address essential conceptual, methodological, and practical issues involved in planning and carrying out research on the impact of behavioral and social interventions on health outcomes, health behavior, and treatment.  Such interventions are relevant to NIH public health goals of preventing morbidity and mortality and promoting health and well-being for persons with medical and behavioral disorders and conditions.

The Institute is intended for junior investigators who have COMPLETED THEIR DOCTORATE and who plan to develop NIH grant applications for research in this area. Faculty (mentors) will include established investigators from relevant fields.

Major Topics

  • Overview of conceptualizing, designing, and testing behavioral/social interventions
  • Use of empirical evidence, theory and clinical practice in formulating study aims and hypotheses
  • Designing, testing and adapting behavioral and social interventions for diverse populations
  • Finding the appropriate mechanism (i.e., R03, R21, R34, or R01) to support the research
  • Measurement–selecting measures, assessing validity and reliability; measurement models and conceptual models
  • Planning the data analysis – statistical power, mixed effects linear model, latent mixture model, moderator/mediator models, and related issues
  • Critical issues in implementing the study:   eligibility, recruitment, enrollment, intervention fidelity, intervention and assessment adherence, and the organizational structure
  • Participants will be requested to prepare draft outlines of different sections of the proposal (i.e., aims, significance, innovation, approach and analysis) for a NIH grant application during the training.  These drafts will be critiqued in small group sessions followed by a debriefing with the entire group.  The small groups will be guided by a faculty mentor. The debriefing sessions will entail presenting a summary report of the small group meetings and a list of questions, issues and concerns that emerge from the small groups.

Background

In May 2003, the National Institutes of Health developed the first trans-institute plan for social work research. This document, dubbed the NIH Plan for Social Work Research, made a series of recommendations to further enhance this area of research in the extramural program. One of the proposed initiatives was for NIH to conduct a Summer Institute on Social Work Research. This initiative would focus in 2004 on qualitative and mixed research methods and in 2005 on behavioral and social intervention research—these methodologies are frequently mentioned research infrastructure and training needs in this field.

Specifically, the NIH plan proposed to:

Develop and implement an NIH Summer Institute on Social Work Research offering new researchers intensive exposure to issues and challenges in the field of social work research. The program of the Summer Institute would include lectures, seminars, and small group discussions in research design relative to social work as it relates to health, discussion sessions on methodological approaches and interventions, and consultation on the development of research interests and advice on preparing and submitting research grant applications to the NIH.

For additional details and application requirements, please visit: http://conferences.thehillgroup.com/obssrinstitutes/si2012/index.html

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Job Opportunity: NIH OBSSR

Seeking Physician with Behavioral/Social Science Expertise to join the National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research

See complete announcement at: http://obssr.od.nih.gov/job_opportunities/physician_job.aspx

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) will be recruiting* a dynamic physician with expertise in the behavioral or social sciences to serve as a medical officer. Located in the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives within the Office of the Director, OBSSR was established to strengthen the NIH’s research and training initiatives relating to behavioral and social processes, in service of the NIH mission to promote health and to prevent, treat and cure disease.  The Office fosters research that connects the biological and psychological factors intrinsic to the individual (e.g., physiological, cognitive, emotional, genetic) with extrinsic social factors (e.g. family, community, economics, healthcare policy and practice).   Moreover, OBSSR supports the links between research and practice that will improve the development and implementation of behavioral and social interventions, the practice of translational and preventive medicine, health care delivery and access to care with the ultimate goal of optimizing healthy lifestyles, well-being, public health, and reducing the burden of disease.

An individual with the expertise described above would enjoy a scientifically energizing and collegial environment and have ample opportunities to:

  • Develop new trans-NIH research initiatives at the interfaces of the behavioral and social sciences, the practice of medicine, clinical and translational sciences, and health care delivery;
  • Develop curricula, tools and other vehicles to educate and train the next generation of scientists, physicians, and other health care providers  and retrain more experienced researchers to advance research in these areas;
  • Coordinate among relevant NIH research programs and related programs in other Federal agencies and professional scientific or medical associations;
  • Lead and participate in transdisciplinary research collaborations among public, private, and academic stakeholders; and,
  • Develop national scientific programming (e.g., symposia, special journal issues and supplements, conferences, and workshops) in medical practice, clinical and translational sciences and health care delivery.

The position will likely be advertised as a GS-14 medical officer. Candidates should have a M.D. or equivalent degree with experience in the practice of medicine, as well as research experience related to behavioral, social, public health, clinical or translational sciences, or the delivery of health care.  Candidates with strong writing, communication and interpersonal skills are sought.

To learn more about OBSSR, please visit: http://obssr.od.nih.gov/index.aspx.

*The position will be advertised on the USAJOBS Web site as a Medical Officer. To be considered, candidates must formally apply through the USAJOBS Web site.

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Future Job Opening at OBSSR

Seeking Scientist with Expertise in Behavioral/Social Science and Genetics to join the National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research

See complete announcement at http://obssr.od.nih.gov/job_opportunities/genetics_job.aspx

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) is recruiting* a dynamic and experienced scientist with academic training and expertise in genetics and behavioral/social science. Located in the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives within the Office of the Director, OBSSR was established to strengthen the NIH’s research and training initiatives relating to behavioral and social processes, in service of the NIH mission to promote health and to prevent, treat and cure disease. The Office is interested in fostering research that connects the biological and psychological factors intrinsic to the individual with extrinsic environmental/sociological factors, since all of these factors and the interactions among them affect health. OBSSR seeks to advance scientific research and training on the interplay of environmental exposure (broadly defined to include exposure to the chemical, physical, behavioral and social environments) and genetic endowment in the production of health or disease. Recent OBSSR activities in this area can be found at http://obssr.od.nih.gov/scientific_areas/Genes_Beh_Environ/index.aspx#gbse.

An individual with the expertise described above would enjoy a scientifically energizing and collegial environment and have ample opportunities to:

  • Develop new trans-NIH research initiatives that include genetics/genomics and the behavioral or social sciences;
  • Develop curricula, tools and other vehicles to educate and train the next generation of scientists capable of advancing research in the area of genes, behavior and the social/behavioral environment, as well as programs to retrain more experienced researchers;
  • Coordinate among relevant NIH research programs and related programs in other Federal agencies and professional scientific associations;
  • Lead and participate in transdisciplinary research collaborations among public, private, and academic stakeholders; and,
  • Develop national scientific programming (e.g., symposia, special journal issues and supplements, conferences, and workshops) in the area of gene-environment interplay and health.

OBSSR is recruiting at the junior academic level. The position will likely be advertised as a GS-13 health scientist administrator. Candidates should have a doctorate degree and research training in genetics and a behavioral/social science. Candidates with strong writing, communication and interpersonal skills are sought.

*The position will be advertised on the USAJOBS Web site as a Health Scientist Administrator. To be considered, candidates must formally apply through the USAJOBS Web site.

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