Social and Behavioral Sciences Branch (SBSB)

Person self administering blood sugar test.The mission of the SBSB is to conduct research to understand the social and behavioral determinants of health and health-related behaviors; to develop and test educational, behavioral, and environmental strategies for improving health and health-related behaviors; and to conduct research on the problem of disparities in health, the developmental mechanisms underlying health disparities over the life course, and modifiable intervention targets to reduce disparities.

SBSB also provides service to the division, institute, NIH, HHS, and the profession via consultation, collaboration, and assistance to advance the goals of the institute; and recruits, trains, and mentors highly qualified students and trainees for professional careers in the social and behavioral sciences.

Stephen Gilman
Chief & Senior Investigator

Bobby Cheon
Earl Stadtman Investigator

Denise Haynie
Staff Scientist

Leah Lipsky
Staff Scientist

Tonja Nansel
Senior Investigator

Jing Yu
Research Fellow


SBSB is seeking applicants for a tenure-track investigator position (PDF 256 KB) to establish an independent research program on the social determinants of health including health-related behaviors and children’s development.

Selected NICHD Research Advances of 2021

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Release: NIH study of WWII evacuees suggests mental illness may be passed to offspring

Social and Behavioral Sciences Branch Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities (PDF 159 KB)

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