Bachrach Appointed Acting Director of OBSSR

Christine A. Bachrach, PhD, has been appointed Acting Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH, and Acting Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR).

Christine A. Bachrach, PhD, has been appointed Acting Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH, and Acting Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR). Dr. Bachrach began serving in this position on April 7, 2008, following the departure of former director David Abrams to the Legacy Foundation.

Dr. Bachrach has worked in the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch in the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development’s (NICHD) Center for Population Research since 1988, first as a statistician/demographer and since June 1992 as chief of the branch. She came to the NIH and NICHD from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. She was a long-time member of the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee and a founder and co-chair of the NICHD Consortium for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. Other activities at NIH have included oversight of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), co-chairing the 2000 NIH Conference, “Toward Higher Levels of Analysis: Progress and Promise in Research on Social and Cultural Dimensions of Health,” and co-chairing the Social Environment Working Group of the National Children’s Study.

Christine Bachrach received her PhD in Population Dynamics from John Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health. Her own research has examined a variety of topics related to the family, including fertility, contraceptive use, sexual behavior, cohabitation, and adoption.

Dr. Bachrach has been an important resource for behavioral and social science research during her time at NICHD. She had charge of securing federal funding partners for the ADD Health study, a broad longitudinal study of adolescent health, and lined up an impressive list of co-funders, including the Director's Fund of then-NIH Director Harold Varmus. She talks persuasively about the public health value of social and behavioral science. We in Science GRO welcome Dr. Bachrach to this important position and look forward to working with her.