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
Staff Scientist


Tenure-Track Investigator, Social and Behavioral Sciences Branch (PDF 222 KB)

The SBSB postbaccalaureate training program provides recent college graduates who plan to pursue graduate or professional health-related degree programs an opportunity to perform full-time research in population health, with one-on-one mentoring by senior NIH scientists.

Release: Risk of premature death in adulthood influenced by patterns of early childhood adversity

Selected NICHD Research Advances of 2022

Social and Behavioral Sciences Branch Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities (PDF 158 KB)

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