national academies

NRC Workshop Discusses Changing Social Norms

The National Research Council‚Äôs Committee on the Science of Changing Behavioral Health Norms held its first workshop on March 18, ‚ÄúLessons Learned from Diverse Efforts to Change Social Norms.‚ÄĚ The project, which is housed within the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences, is co-sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The committee is charged with helping SAMHSA ‚Äúimplement strategies that improve attitudes and beliefs about mental and substance use disorders.‚ÄĚ Sessions focused on messaging strategies, methods for…

NRC Committee on Law and Justice Seeks New Director

The National Academies‚Äô National Research Council (NRC) is conducting a search for a new board director for its Committee on Law and Justice. Established in 1975, the Committee‚Äôs mission is to ‚Äúimprove research methods and information to inform and support the development of national and state-level criminal justice policy, and to extend and help advance criminological and criminal justice research.‚ÄĚ The director will work with the Committee Chair, senior staff, and Committee members to ‚Äúprovide intellectual leadership by identifying current and emerging issues in criminal justice; develop workshops, conferences, and studies by separate panels of experts; and seek funds for…

NRC Roundtable Discusses Need for Improved Public Understanding of Social Science Research

On January 8, the National Research Council (NRC) Roundtable on the Application of Social and Behavioral Science Research convened its first meeting. Chaired by Arthur ‚ÄúSkip‚ÄĚ Lupia from the University of Michigan, the Roundtable brings together a diverse set of stakeholders in the social and behavioral science community to discuss ways to improve public understanding of social science research as well as the research community‚Äôs understanding of the uses of research by various sectors, such as industry, military, or public health. Membership includes ‚Äúthose who create SBS research, those who use it, and those who know how to communicate about…

IOM Recommends Including Social/Behavioral Determinants in Electronic Health Records

On November 13, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released Capturing Social and Behavioral Domains and Measures in Electronic Health Records: Phase 2, which recommends a ‚Äúconcrete approach to including social and behavioral determinants in the clinical context to increase clinical awareness of the patient‚Äôs state, broadly considered, and to connect clinical, public health, and community resources for work in concert.” The report‚Äôs recommendations takes into consideration the ‚Äúsubstantial empirical evidence of the contribution of social and behavioral factors to functional status and the onset, progression, and effective treatment of disease [that] has accumulated over the past four decades.‚ÄĚ

Roundtable on Health Literacy Seeks Nominations for New Members

The Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy is seeking nominations for new members. Specifically, it is seeking health literacy experts from a variety of fields including nursing, pediatrics, pharmacy, primary care, public or population health, research, and transformative technologies. The Roundtable was established in 2005 to build upon the work of the IOM consensus report, Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion. It is composed of leaders from academia, industry, government, foundations and associations, and representatives of patient and consumer interests who have an interest and role in improving health literacy. The Roundtable‚Äôs mission is to inform, inspire, and…

DBASSE Announces New Director of Human-Systems Integration Board

Last month, the National Research Council‚Äôs Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) announced the appointment of Dr. Poornima Madhavan as the next director of the Board on Human Systems Integration (BOHSI). Madhavan comes to the National Academies from Old Dominion University, where she is associate professor of human factors in the department of psychology, as well as director of undergraduate research. BOHSI issues reports and provides expertise on a range of topics, which include ‚Äúscientific and technology challenges of virtual reality, research needs for human factors, mental models of human-computer interaction, nuclear safety, the future of air…

NRC Releases Implementing Juvenile Justice Reform Report

This month, the Committee on Law and Justice within the National Research Council‚Äôs Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) released a report, Implementing Juvenile Justice Reform: The Federal Role. The report is a follow-on to the 2013 report, Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach, and is ‚Äúdesigned to provide specific guidance to [the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in the Department of Justice] regarding the steps that it should take, both internally and externally, to facilitate juvenile justice reform grounded in knowledge about adolescent development and effective interventions.‚ÄĚ Back to this issue‚Äôs table of…


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