NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival

Join OBSSR and the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (BSSR) Coordinating Committee for the virtual NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival on Tuesday, December 5, from 11:00 a.m. ET to 4:00 p.m. ET. The festival will showcase exciting research results, emerging research 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.   

Register and view the festival agenda: Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email which will include the Zoom connection information. Please save the calendar invite attached.

OBSSR Director Jane M. Simoni, Ph.D., will deliver welcome remarks and a “State of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at NIH” presentation, which will be followed by four sessions that focus on Health Communication, Stigma, Determinants and Youth and feature notable BSSR presenters. View the full festival agenda:

Session 1: Health Communication

  • Brittany Smalls, Ph.D., University of Kentucky College of Medicine
  • Mehret Birru Talabi, M.D., Ph.D, Pitt/CMU Medical Science Training Program
  • Viorica Marian, Ph.D. and Sirada Rochanavibhata, Ph.D., Northwestern University


Session 2: Stigma

  • Lisa Bowleg, Ph.D., M.A., The George Washington University
  • Sean Young, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
  • Emily Wakefield, Psy.D., University of Connecticut School of Medicine


Session 3: Determinants

  • Kelly Endres, M.S.P.H., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Lauren Schmitz, Ph.D., M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Luana Colloca, M.D., Ph.D., M.S., University of Maryland, Baltimore


Session 4: Youth

  • Tamar Rubenstein, M.D., M.S., Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Margaret Kuklinski, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Perry Sheffield, M.D., M.P.H., Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Reasonable accommodations:
Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Danielle Johnikin at or (301) 670-4990 by November 20, 2023. If you have questions about registering or accessing this event, please contact Danielle Johnikin at

When:  Dec 5, 2023 from 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM (ET)