After 15 years of federal service, Dr. Sidney M. Stahl recently retired from his position as chief of the Individual Behavioral Processes Branch in NIA’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research. As branch chief, Dr. Stahl was responsible for areas that include health and behavior; cognitive and emotional functioning; technology and human factors; and integrative approaches to the study of social, psychological, genetic and physiological influences on health and well-being over the life course.
During his stewardship of the branch, Dr. Stahl was directly responsible for building NIA’s research programs on elder abuse and caregiving interventions for the families of Alzheimer’s disease patients, including the REACH trial. He played a leading role at NIA in promoting diversity in aging research, most notably through his development and management of the Resource Centers on Minority Aging Research (RCMARs) and his role on the National Advisory Council on Aging Minority Task Force; he received several awards for his work on these activities.
Dr. Lisbeth Nielsen has since been appointed chief of the Individual Behavioral Processes Branch. Since joining NIA in 2005, Dr. Nielsen has been active in developing new NIA research initiatives in neuroeconomics of aging, social neuroscience of aging, and self-reported well-being, as well as trans-NIH initiatives for the NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network and the Science of Behavior Change. She will continue to manage a portfolio of research on psychological development and integrative science, encompassing multidisciplinary research on the biological, social, and psychological determinants of well-being and health across the lifespan.