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About BSR and Staff Listing

Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR)

Director: Lis Nielsen, Ph.D.

Deputy Director: Dana J. Plude, Ph.D.

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The Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) supports social, behavioral, psychological, and economic research and research training on the processes of aging at both the individual and societal level. BSR fosters cross-disciplinary research, at multiple levels from genetics to cross-national comparative research, and at stages from basic through translational.

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In memoriam: Richard M. Suzman, Ph.D.

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Division of Behavioral and Social Research Staff




Frank Bandiera

Program Official

Partha Bhattacharyya

Chief Data Officer

Jessica Boten

Social Science Analyst

Minki Chatterji Program Official

Ama Donkor

Health Specialist

Prisca Fall

Health Specialist

Elena Fazio

Program Official

Melissa Gerald

Program Official

Christeenna Iraheta

Staff Assistant

Petra Jacobs Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Clinical Trials

Amelia Karraker

Program Official

Chandra Keller

Social Science Analyst

Jonathan King

Senior Scientific Advisor to the Division Director

Charles Le Social Science Analyst

Laura Major

Senior Health Specialist

Liz Necka

Program Official

Emerald Nguyen Program Official

Lis Nielsen

Division Director

Priscilla Novak

Program Official

Dennis Ongubo

Clinical Trials Specialist

Lisa Onken

Program Official

Georgeanne Patmios

Senior Scientific Administrator

John Phillips

Chief, Population and Social Processes Branch

Dana Plude

Deputy Director

Rebecca Ricklis Health Specialist

Roxanne Semple

Program Specialist

Janine Simmons

Chief, Individual Behavioral Processes Branch

Luke Stoeckel

Program Official

Allie Walker Social Science Analyst