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Bachrach Joins OBSSR

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

Christine A. Bachrach has been appointed Acting Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH, and Acting Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. Following David Abrams’ departure from NIH, Dr. Bachrach began serving in this position on April 7, 2008.

Bachrach has worked in the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch in NICHD’s 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 CDC’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.