APA Comments on Draft Strategic Plan of NIAMS

On behalf of APA, Executive Director for Science Steven Breckler submitted comments on the draft strategic plan of the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases on January 15.

On behalf of APA, Executive Director for Science Steven Breckler submitted comments on the draft strategic plan of the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases on January 15, 2010.  Below is an excerpt:

“On behalf of the American Psychological Association, I am pleased to comment on the sections of the plan related to behavioral and biopsychosocial research …  NIAMS partnerships with NIA, NINR and OBSSR have been and will continue to be important in the development of interventions to support the maintenance of health behavior change. The interests of NIAMS in advancing research on quality of life, patient-reported outcome measures, and the stigma of disfigurement are gratefully acknowledged.  APA notes the interest of NIAMS in expanding research on enhancing immune function at all stages of human development, and suggests that behavioral research be considered, given the association between psychosocial stress and impaired wound healing (see Kiecolt-Glaser, 1998 and 1999).  APA also acknowledges the welcome participation of NIAMS in the new NIH OppNet initiative to expand directions for basic behavioral and social sciences research… “

To see a listing of NIAMS grants in the behavioral and social sciences for Fiscal Year 2008, click here and sort by NIAMS.