Coalition for the Advancement of Health Through Behavioral and Social Sciences Research


"Imagine living in a nation where one out of every two adults smoked cigarettes, where depression and substance abuse were mysterious and poorly-understood conditions, and where children's developmental problems were automatically blamed on bad parenting. Just a few short decades ago, this imagined world was reality. Social and behavioral research supported by the NIH . . . has made significant contributions to improving our nation's health."

Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH


The Coalition for the Advancement of Health Through Behavioral and Social Science Research (CAHT-BSSR) was formed by the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) in September 1993 to support the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

CAHT-BSSR actively monitors and provide information on the importance of the office.  Working closely with NIH officials, Members of Congress and their staffs, and other policymakers to advocate funding for the office, CAHT-BSSR serves as a liaison between NIH and researchers in these disciplines to enhance the behavioral and social science research at NIH. 


Angela L. Sharpe, MG, Deputy Director for Health Policy, COSSA, 

Patricia C. Kobor, MA, Senior Science Policy Analyst, APA,



Letter to House Appropriations Committee regarding potential negative amendments to FY 2015 Labor-HHS bill


picture of What's Ailing America? - Shorter Livers, Poorer Health flyer

What's Ailing America? -- Shorter Lives, Poorer Health Congressional Briefing

COSSA Washington Update - Congressional Briefing: What's Ailing America? - Shorter Lives, Poorer Health


OBSSR Launches Summer Institute on Mobile Health


"Behaviorial and Social Sciences Research at NIH," -- Presentation by Acting OBSSR Director Deborah H. Olster at the COSSA 2010 Annual Meeting

CAHT-BSSR's FY 2011 Testimony of behalf of NIH and OBSSR



Capitol Hill Exhibition poster

A Congressional Exhibition and Reception

View the Institutes' and Centers' Posters

CAHT-BSSR's FY 2010 Testimony on behalf of the NIH


CAHT-BSSR submits FY 2009 Testimony on Behalf of NIH and OBSSR to the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee, March 31, 2008

CAHT-BSSR organizes Congressional Briefing to highlight "Cancer Care for the Whole Patient" Institute of Medicine report

Cancer Care report cover

Presentation by OBSSR Director David Abrams at COSSA's Annual meeting -- An Extraordinary Communications Opportunity to Improve Our Nation's Health: changing perceptions, norms and the culture (pdf)


CAHT-BSSR Submits Testimony to the Senate on Behalf of the National Institutes of Health


OBSSR poster 2004

NIH, Congress Celebrates OBSSR'S 10TH Anniversary -- read more


CAHT-BSSR Submits Testimony on Behalf of the National Institutes of Health  Read more (printer friendly)


Testimony Submitted on Behalf of NIH's FY 2005 Budget  Read more  (printer friendly version)

Congress Briefed on Self Management of Chronic Illness Research -- Read More


Testimony Submitted on behalf of the NIH's FY 2004 Budget -- Read More

NIH Director Elias Zerhouni Meets with Behavioral and Social Science Advocates read More

CAHT- BSSR and Representative Connie Morella sponsor briefing on "Promoting Health in a Stressful World"  -- Read More

The Health Promoting Effects of Social Bonds -- Linda K George, Duke University (pdf file)

Testimony submitted for the record  March 29, 2001   (Testimony)  (PDF Version)


Science Policy overwritten over pictures of teh NIH, Capitol, and White House

Coalition for the Advancement of Health Through Behavioral and Social Sciences Research


About Behavioral and Social Sciences Research: From the National Institutes of Health

The 21st century is an exciting time — a revolutionary period for the life sciences. We have learned a lot about the biological parts and systems that make up all living things. We also realize that it is just as important to understand how behavior and society affect health and can help fight disease. Combining information from both biomedical and behavioral and social sciences research will lead to the most effective interventions.

The mission of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (video)
NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) FACT SHEET-Better Living through Behavioral and Social Sciences

Collins Announces the Appointment of New OBSSR Director
"Behaviorial and Social Sciences Research at NIH" -- Acting OBSSR Director Deborah H. Olster
NIH Director: 'A New Institute Focusing On Substance Use, Abuse, and Addiction Research Makes Scientific Sense'
NIH Health Economics for Health Care Reform Funding Opportunities
Science of Research on Discrimination and Health: A Call for Papers
OppNet: Expanding Opportunities in Basic Behaviorial and Social Science Research
Health Disparities in Boys and Men: Innovative Research to Reduce Addiction, Trauma and Related Co-Morbidities
NAS Board Gets Update from NIH and NSF on Basic Research
NIH, AHRQ Holds Conference on Comparative Effectiveness and Personalized Medicine: An Essential Interface
Collins Addresses Dental and Craniofacial Advisory Council:  Discusses NIH's Budget
NAS Report on Women's Health Research: Inadequate Attention to Social and Environmental Factors
National Institutes of Health: Improving the Nation's Health Through Behavioral and Social Sciences Research --Congressional Reception and Exhibition

BSSR Lecture Series

NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Seminar Series

Robert M. Kaplan - The California Right Care Initiative: Improving Cardiovascular Outcomes Through Quality Improvement In Managed Care Organizations - view the videocast


NIH Initiatives

OppNet (BaOppNet Conference 2010sic Behavioral and Social Science Research Opportunity Network) - OppNet is a trans-NIH initiative to expand theagency's fundingof basic behavioral and social sciences research (b-BSR). Basic-BSSR furthers our understanding of fundamental mechanisms and patterns of behavioral and social functioning, relevant to the Nation's health and well-being, as they interact with each other, with biology and the environment.
The NIH Common Fund - The NIH Common Fund supports a series of cross-cutting, trans-NIH research programs:

    Health Economics - "goals include fostering the collection of data that will be most useful for policy-relevant analysis; examining the economic effects of changes in incentives for consumers, providers and insurers; exploring the ways in which structure and organization on the supply side of the medical market affect health care spending and clinical outcomes; investigating the potential of preventive measures to improve health and mitigate cost growth."

    Global Health -- " reflects a growing impetus to bolster global health efforts worldwide and to expand priorities to address not only infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, but also chronic, non-communicable diseases and injuries, emerging behavioral, mental health and drug abuse issues, and neglected tropical diseases."

    Science of Behavior Change - designed to support research that integrates basic and translational science and cuts across disciplines of cognitive and affective neuroscience, neuroeconomics, behavioral genetics, and behavioral economics.

    NIH Director's Pioneer Award - designed to support individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering – and possibly transforming approaches – to major challenges in biomedical and behavioral research.

    NIH Director's New Innovator Award - designed specifically to support unusually creative new investigators with highly innovative research ideas at an early stage of their career when they may lack the preliminary data required for an R01 grant.

    Transformative R01 Program - created to support exceptionally innovative, high risk, original and/or unconventional research projects that have the potential to create or overturn fundamental paradigms.


American Educational Research Association

American Psychological Association

American Sociological Association

Association of American Geographers

Association of Population Centers

Consortium of Social Science Associations

Council on Social Work Education

Federation of Association of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Gerontological Society of America

National Association of Social Workers

Population Association of America

Society for Behavioral Medicine

Society for Research in Child Development

The Alan Guttmacher Institute