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Networks to Develop Priority Areas of Behavioral and Social Research

The NIA’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) currently supports 12 research networks to provide infrastructure for advancing the development of high priority areas of behavioral and social research relevant to aging. The research networks encourage growth and development in emerging areas through meetings, conferences, small scale pilots, training, educational activities, and dissemination of resources to the field at large. Networks are typically interdisciplinary and are comprised of multiple institutions, as they are intended to serve the broader community of behavioral and social researchers engaged in aging-relevant research in each designated scientific area. Some of the topics covered by BSR supported research networks include:

  • Biodemography and demography of aging
  • Stress measurement
  • Early adversity and later life reversibility
  • Measurement of biological risk
  • Harmonization of cross-national studies

Currently Supported Research Networks

Contact Principal Investigator Network Name

Eileen M. Crimmins

Network on Measurement of Biological Risk

David M. Cutler

International Research Network on Valuing Health Research

Karina Davidson

Columbia University Science of Behavior Change Resource and Coordinating Center

Elissa S. Epel

Advancing Psychosocial & Biobehavioral Stress Measurement to Understanding Aging

James J. Heckman

Research Network on the Determinants of Life Course Capabilities and Outcomes

James S. House

Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities in 21st Century America

Ronald Lee

Formal and Informal Support Systems for the Elderly in 50 Countries

Brian Nosek

Community Developing and Supporting Practices to Increase Replicability of Scientific Research

James McNally

FACTORS IN AGING: Best Practices in Archiving and Sharing Longitudinal Data Resources on Aging

Gregory Samanez-Larkin

Research Network on Decision Neuroscience and Aging

Teresa E. Seeman

Interdisciplinary Research Network on Early Adversity & Later Life Reversibility

James Smith

Harmonization of Cross-National Studies of Aging to HRS--Renewal