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Define Your Career in Behavioral and Social Sciences


by SIOP Administrative Office

NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research to Hold Free Event June 24

Are you interested in training and fellowship possibilities? Looking for new career opportunities? Then, you are invited to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR) “Define Your Career in Behavioral and Social Sciences” event!

During its 20th Anniversary celebrations, OBSSR is focusing not only on its accomplishments but also on fostering the future generations of behavioral and social scientists. On June 24, OBSSR will hold the “Define Your Career in Behavioral and Social Sciences” event, aimed at those in the early stages of their careers, postdoctoral scholars, doctoral students, and others who are exploring training and careers in the behavioral and social sciences.

The event will take place 9:30 am - 3 pm, Wednesday, June 24 in the Porter Neuroscience Conference Center, Building 35A, RM GE 620-640 (the atrium conference room across the coffee shop).

The event will include expert panels and networking opportunities on training and career pathways in the social and behavioral sciences. After an initial panel discussion featuring leaders from foundations, professional and research societies, think tanks, NIH institutes, international organizations, advocacy organizations, and more, attendees will take part in several breakout sessions lead by these panelists. There will be sufficient time for networking and one-on-one career discussion with these accomplished members of the field.

This event is FREE and open to the public, though advanced registration is required. Register here.

On the Agenda

Career Outlook in the Behavioral and Social Sciences

Fay L. Cook, PhD
Assistant Director
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
National Science Foundation

Robert M. Kaplan, PhD
Chief Science Officer 
Agency for Health Care Research and Quality

Panel I: Career Opportunities in Education and Research

  • Bethany Brookshire, PhD, Science News & Scicurious
  • Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, PhD, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Tamara Halle, PhD, Child Trends
  • George W. Howe, PhD Department of Psychology, George Washington University
  • Martha Zaslow, PhD, Society for Research in Child Development

Panel II: Career Opportunities in Science Policy

  • Eddie Gonzalez, M.S., American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Robert M. Hauser, PhD, National Research Council
  • Mary Jo Hoeksema, MPA, Population Association of America
  • Alan G. Kraut, PhD, Association for Psychological Science

Panel III: Career Opportunities in Government

  • John Haaga, PhD, National Institute on Aging, NIH
  • Sunil Iyengar, B.A., National Endowment for the Arts
  • Melissa Vaught, PhD, National Library of Medicine, NIH
  • Sharon R. Williams, PhD, Science and Technology Policy Institute/IDA (Former NIH/AAAS Fellow)


SIOP’s advocacy firm, Lewis-Burke and Associates, is cosponsoring a reception and exhibition on Capitol Hill June 24 along with the Coalition for the Advancement of Health Through Behavioral and Social Science Research (CAHT-BSSR) to celebrate the 20th anniversary and to education members of Congress and their staff on the importance and impact of social and behavioral science research across NIH.  All are invited to attend.  The event will take place 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Cannon House Office Building in room 345.  This event requires a separate RSVP. Click here to learn more and RSVP!