Government Research, Funding, & Policy Webinars

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National Research Mentoring Network Resources for APS Members

January 27, 2021

2-3 PM ET

The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) is an NIH funded initiative to diversify the STEMM fields by providing mentoring, networking, and professional development resources. Katie Stinson, NRMN’s Virtual Engagement Strategist, will introduce APS members to NRMN’s diversity initiative, demonstrate the provided resources, and answer questions. Learn more about NRMN here.


Katie Stinson, NRMN Virtual Engagement Strategist

SOBC 101: The Science Of Behavior Change for Psychological Scientists

February 3, 2021

2-3 PM ET

A core principle of the National Institutes of Health’s Science Of Behavior Change (SOBC) initiative is that a causal understanding of the means of shifting behaviors may be achieved by following the systematic scientific approach used in experimental medicine: focusing on how a behavioral intervention (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy) can engage a hypothetical psychological mechanism (e.g., worry) that can be assessed with a valid and reliable measure.

In this webinar, we provide an overview of select SOBC projects that investigate a variety of health behaviors using a variety of interventions and hypothesized mechanistic targets. We describe the fundamental steps of applying the SOBC approach, current and planned electronic resources for conducting rigorous behavior change research, current grant mechanisms that support this approach, the wide variety of existing and potential SOBC projects, and the expanded scope of the next phase of SOBC that has just begun.


Michael W. Otto, PhD, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University

Jeffrey L. Birk, PhD, Instructor in Medical Sciences, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Past Webinars

Clinical Psychological Science Through the Lens of RDoC: New Advances and Future Directions

October 20, 2020

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RDoC at 10: Sharpening the Science of Mental Health Disorders

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Learn about a special webinar from APS featuring the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) Unit. To commemorate the initiative’s 10th anniversary in 2020, the event will feature RDoC-informed research conducted by clinical psychological scientists and a special presentation by an RDoC representative.

The RDoC research framework integrates many levels of information that spans the full range of human behavior to better understand the nature of mental health and illness. The goal of RDoC is to provide information on basic biological and cognitive processes that lead to mental health and illness—insights which may help inform development of mental health screening tools, treatments, and diagnostic systems. Learn more about RDoC by clicking here.


  • Autumn Kujawa – Vanderbilt University
  • Annmarie MacNamara – Texas A&M University
  • Vijay Mittal – Northwestern University
  • Sarah Morris (National Institute of Mental Health)
  • Uma Vaidyanathan (National Institute of Mental Health)

NIH-Funded Basic Experimental Studies with Humans (BESH): Registration and Results Reporting

August 26, 2020

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Register and Report: Challenges in Bringing Basic Experimental Studies with Humans to

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Presented by the National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and National Library of Medicine (NLM) in partnership with APS, the webinar on the topic of publicly disseminating information about basic behavioral science studies and other Basic Experimental Studies with Humans (BESH) funded by NIH. Hear from OBSSR Director and psychological scientist William Riley; NLM Acting Director, Rebecca Williams; and NLM Results Team Manager, Elisa Golfinopoulos on the following topics:

  • NIH’s Basic Experimental Studies with Humans (BESH) set of funding opportunity announcements (FOAs), and what they mean for APS members
  • Expectations regarding registration and results reporting of NIH-funded BESH research
  • Analyses conducted by NLM staff related to reporting information about BESH to
  • Key factors to consider for disseminating clinical trial information about BESH

This webinar is designed for psychological scientists conducting research within NIH’s mission and for those with an interest in learning more about this important research area.

Applying Methods from Psychological Science to Experiments in Government

July 29, 2020

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Federal Agents of Change: Behavioral Insights Power Evidence-Based Efforts to Improve Government

This free virtual workshop was presented by the Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES) in partnership with APS.

Learn how psychological scientists can help apply research insights to government programs and policies. The workshop covered:

  • Methods for designing, analyzing, and building reproducibility and transparency into large-scale field experiments on government programs and policies
  • How psychological scientists can get involved in applied research to support evidence-based policymaking

The workshop was for established psychological scientists and scientists in training who have experience with methods for reproducible research in the laboratory and would like to extend those methods to large-scale field experiments in the government context.