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Behavioral and social sciences in the Precision Medicine Initiative Working Group report

On Thursday, September 17, the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) Precision Medicine Initiative Working Group released its report on the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program (PMI-CP), which was immediately accepte...


Behavioral and social sciences and population health: From I to Us and our circumstances

The majority of behavioral and social sciences research that aims to improve health has targeted the individual. There are many valid reasons for this, for instance, the availability of proven tools and methodologies that scien...


Sensor-triggered just-in-time (JIT) mobile health interventions: A transdisciplinary research opportunity using mobile sensor data

Researchers using sensor data to identify when someone is smoking face a conundrum: how to discern the act of taking a puff from the myriad gestures a person can make? Solving the challenge of identifying smoking gestures in mo...


Empirically grounded treatment development: Sleep and circadian dysfunction in severe mental illness

“The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep.” E. Joseph Cossman Sleep and circadian dysfunction are among the most prominent correlates of severe mental illness (SMI), yet they have been studied ...

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The flavor world of childhood: The effects of flavor preferences on food choice and health

We are what we eat, and we eat what we like. Hence, understanding the biopsychology of taste and smell, the chemical senses that determine flavor, is a critical first step in addressing the many chronic diseases that derive in ...


Self-management: A research perspective to facilitate health and wellbeing among sexual minority young adults

By William Elwood, Ph.D. and Perry Halkitis, Ph.D., MPH, Guest Bloggers Emerging adulthood ranges from late adolescence to one’s mid-twenties. It’s a complex time for almost everyone, when we strive to establish our identit...

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