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NIH Searches for New OBSSR Director

The search for a new Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research has been reopened.

The National Institutes of Health has reopened the search for a new Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research.  The OBSSR Director, who works closely with the Director of NIH and other NIH leadership, “serves as the NIH focal point for establishing agency-wide policies and goals in behavioral and social sciences research.”  OBSSR currently has a staff of 14 full time positions and a budget of over $27 million, which it leverages through collaborations with the various NIH institutes and centers.

Previous OBSSR Directors include psychologist Norman Anderson (1995-2000), who is now APA’s Chief Executive Officer; physician and economist Raynard Kington (2000-2003), who currently serves as the Acting Director of NIH; and psychologist David Abrams (2005-2008), now with the American Legacy Foundation.  Dr. Abrams discussed his experiences at OBSSR in a June 2008 interview with APA Government Relations staff.

See the vacancy announcement for complete information about the position.  The deadline for applications is August 31, 2009.