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APA Submits Comments to NIH on "Strategic Research Plan and Budget to Reduce and Ultimately Eliminate Health Disparities"; Opportunities for I-O and Human Factors Research at NSF

APA Submits Comments to NIH on "Strategic Research Plan and Budget to Reduce and Ultimately Eliminate Health Disparities"

APA called for NIH to increase its investment in behavioral research on health disparities in minority populations. In comments submitted January 5, 2004, APA’s Chief Executive Officer Norman B. Anderson, PhD, wrote,“NIH has invested in the training of scientists and the development of methodologies that make it possible for researchers to study behavioral and social phenomena such as patient-provider communications, racism, the multiple influences of socioeconomic status, allostatic load, and variable experiences of stress and its disparate impacts upon immune function.But NIH must follow up initial investments with strong, multi-institute partnerships in order to continue progress through the current “post-doubling” budget environment.”


Opportunities for I-O and Human Factors Research at NSF

In December, Dianne Maranto from APA's Science Directorate and Heather Kelly from PPO brought two distinguished psychological researchers to Washington for meetings with National Science Foundation (NSF) program staff from the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE). APA members John Hollenbeck, PhD and Eduardo Salas, PhD represented the subdisciplines of industrial-organizational (I-O) and human factors (HF) psychology, both areas which rarely seek or receive NSF funding. Hollenbeck and Salas met with program officers from the Decision Risk & Management Sciences (DRMS) program and the senior advisor in charge of NSF's new Human and Social Dynamics (HSD) research priority area. They highlighted potential contributions of I-O and HF psychology to both DRMS and HSD and strategized with staff about ways to strengthen their fields' relationships with NSF (e.g., including more I-O and HF experts on review panels). One concrete result of the meetings is that DRMS program officer Jonathan Leland has agreed to be on a panel at the upcoming Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology conference this spring.

More information on NSF's Human and Social Dynamics priority area