Behavioral and social sciences at the National Institutes of Health: Methods, measures, and data infrastructures as a scientific priority

Health Psychol. 2017 Jan;36(1):5-7. doi: 10.1037/hea0000464.


The National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) recently released its strategic plan for 2017-2021. This plan focuses on three equally important strategic priorities: 1) improve the synergy of basic and applied behavioral and social sciences research, 2) enhance and promote the research infrastructure, methods, and measures needed to support a more cumulative and integrated approach to behavioral and social sciences research, and 3) facilitate the adoption of behavioral and social sciences research findings in health research and in practice. This commentary focuses on scientific priority two and future directions in measurement science, technology, data infrastructure, behavioral ontologies, and big data methods and analytics that have the potential to transform the behavioral and social sciences into more cumulative, data rich sciences that more efficiently build on prior research. (PsycINFO Database Record

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Behavioral Research / methods*
  • Behavioral Research / trends
  • Humans
  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.)* / trends
  • Research* / trends
  • Social Sciences / methods*
  • Social Sciences / trends
  • United States