February 17-18, 2011

Workshop Organizers


  • *Jack M. Fletcher, Ph.D.—University of Houston
  • *Linda J. Waite, Ph.D.—University of Chicago
  • Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Ph.D.—Columbia University
  • Allan L. Reiss, M.D.—Stanford University


Behavioral factors can increase the risk of adverse conditions or promote healthy outcomes.  Basic and translational research are needed in the behavioral and social sciences to develop new research measures and methods, to determine how to promote sustainable behavioral change in the context of social and related factors, and to transform this knowledge into effective interventions to improve health across different settings and populations.

As examples, discussions of this theme could include:

  • Exploring basic research in the behavioral and related social sciences, focusing on typical and atypical development, including (but not limited to) creating outcome measures and better understanding the many factors that interact to support, prevent, or sustain behavior change and adaptation, across key developmental periods, in general, and for specific types of disability, in particular; these factors would include those that are biological, social, and environmental, among others
  • Studying emerging fields that link the basic biomedical, social, and behavioral sciences, such as neuroeconomics, and that incorporate cutting-edge, multilevel analyses and modeling
  • Identifying how best to apply and translate such knowledge to develop or enhance interventions that influence a range of behaviors and health outcomes along the developmental trajectory and in various clinical, community, and other settings, and in various populations; this would include ways to promote positive or prevent adverse behaviors
  • Defining behavior related to optimal use and adoption of health care services and treatments and ways to maximize adherence and to disseminate and implement proven practices in various clinical, community, and other settings, and in various populations, including those with disabilities
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Last Reviewed: 05/23/2011