June 2008 Announcements

“Scientists’ Guide to the APA Convention” now available!; Search Begun for New Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Director; New Fact Sheets Available from NIH; The 2008 NeuroPsychoEconomics Conference will be held in Munich, Germany, October 9-10, 2008

“Scientists’ Guide to the APA Convention” now available!

The initial compilation of the popular “Scientists’ Guide” is now on the Science Directorate website. Thanks to the many Division program chairs who provided us with highlights from their division’s programming, the electronic version of our Guide is ready to review now! There will be a few tweaks here and there before the printed version is ready for distribution, but the basics are there for your use in planning your trip to Boston. Visit the APA Convention website for the first look at the Guide.

In addition to tons of information about Division programs, the Guide features listings of Presidential programs, plenary sessions, scientific award addresses, and dozens of other sessions that will be of significant interest to the science community.

Paper copies of the Guide will be available at the Science Directorate booth at the APA Convention (APA Resources area near the Registration desk at the Convention Center).

Search Begun for New Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Director

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking exceptional candidates for the challenging position of Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR). The Director, who also functions as the NIH Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, serves as the NIH focal point for establishing agency-wide policies and goals in behavioral and social sciences research, coordinates the activities undertaken in the performance of this research, and provides advice and staff support to the NIH Director, Deputy Director, and Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives within the Office of the Director.

The position functions as a liaison between the NIH and the extramural behavioral and biomedical research communities; and with other Federal agencies, academic and scientific societies, national voluntary health agencies, the media, and the general public on matters pertaining to behavioral and social sciences research. Specifically, the Director is responsible for: (1) advising the NIH Director and other key officials on matters relating to research on the role of behavioral and social factors in the promotion of health and prevention of disease; (2) fostering research projects in the behavioral and social sciences conducted or supported by the NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs); and (3) working collaboratively with the ICs to develop new research and training programs in the behavioral and social sciences. The Director, OBSSR, manages a staff, demonstrating commitment to work force diversity enhancement. The OBSSR employs approximately 14 full time positions: 9 scientific staff, 2 program analysts, 1 communications specialist, and 2 support staff, and has a FY 2009 estimated budget of more than $26M.

Challenge: As the world’s largest medical research facility, NIH consists of 27 ICs including the Clinical Center (an on-site research hospital), the Fogarty International Center, and the National Library of Medicine. NIH’s national program of health research and research training is currently funded at $29 billion for FY 2008. NIH has over 18,000 employees. The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research opened July 1, 1995, with a mandate from Congress to serve as the focal point for the advancement of behavioral and social sciences research across all of the NIH ICs. The vision of OBSSR is to bring together the biomedical, behavioral, social, and public health science research communities to work more collaboratively to solve the most pressing population health challenges faced by our society. Four core elements of OBSSR’s vision are: 1) supporting and facilitating the next generation of basic behavioral and social science research; 2) facilitating interdisciplinary, collaborative research; 3) stimulating systems thinking and modeling approaches to research that integrates multiple levels of analysis – from cells to society; and 4) identifying key problems in health where scientists, practitioners and decision makers can work together to accelerate translation, implementation, dissemination, and adoption of behavioral and social science research findings. More information can be found in OBSSR’s strategic prospectus.

Qualifications Required: Applicants must possess a PhD, MD, or comparable doctorate degree in the health sciences field plus senior-level scientific experience and knowledge of research programs in one or more scientific areas related to behavioral and social sciences research. They should be known and respected within their profession as individuals of scientific prominence, with a distinguished record of research accomplishments and expertise in policy development regarding behavioral and social sciences research. Candidates should have demonstrated leadership and broad vision in the behavioral and social sciences research arena involving dealings with outside groups; serving as spokesperson; planning, program assessment, and analysis of program objectives; resolution of operational problems and issues; and the ability to manage financial and human resources including building, motivating, and maintaining a culturally diverse staff.

Salary/Benefits: The Director, OBSSR, will be appointed at a salary commensurate with his/her qualifications. Full Federal benefits will be provided including leave, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401k equivalent).

How to apply: Applicants must submit a current CV and bibliography electronically to Ms. Regina Reiter via e-mail or phone (301- 402-1130). In addition, applicants are strongly encouraged to prepare a supplemental narrative statement that addresses the qualifications requirements, and to provide the names, titles, and telephone numbers of 4-5 references.

Information on the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research is located at its website.

New Fact Sheets Available from NIH

The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the National Institutes of Health recently released two fact sheets that were developed as part of the OBSSR 15th Anniversary Celebration in 2007. These fact sheets were designed for the general public. Following are links to fact sheets on Genes, Behavior, the Environment, and Health, and Better Living through Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Genes, Behavior, the Environment, and Health

Better Living through Behavioral and Social Sciences

The following shows the full array of fact sheets about NIH research topics:

Research Results for the Public

The 2008 NeuroPsychoEconomics Conference will be held in Munich, Germany, October 9-10, 2008

Deadline for submissions is July 15, 2008. The conference theme of 2008 is “Neuroeconomics, neuromarketing, and neurofinance: Advancing our understanding of decision making processes.”

Manuscripts should combine concepts from neuroscience and/or psychology with problems of business and economics. Topics may include (but are not restricted to):

  • Application of concepts and methods from neuroscience and/or psychology in solving business and economics problems (e.g., marketing, behavioral finance, organization science, management, and decision science)

  • Analysis of interpersonal behavior (e.g., relationships between customer-supplier, supervisor-subordinate, and/or investor-firm) with the means of neuroscience and/or psychology

  • Discussion of ethical and legal issues at the interface of psychology, neuroscience, and business and economics research

  • Evaluation of the state of the field of research in neuroeconomics

  • Presentation of state-of-the-art techniques for solving neuroeconomic problems

Manuscripts must be submitted via e-mail by July 15, 2008. For more information about the conference, please visit the Association for NeuroPsychoEconomics.