Who We Are

FABBS promotes human potential and well-being by advancing the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior; promoting scientific research and training in these fields; educating the public about the contributions of research to the health and well-being of individuals and society; fostering communication among scientists; and recognizing scientists who have made significant contributions to building knowledge.

What We Do

FABBS represents the interests of its scientific societies by:
  • Educating federal representatives and Congress about the importance of research in the
    sciences of mind, brain, and behavior
  • Advocating for legislation and policy that enhance training and research
  • Providing sources of expertise and knowledge to federal agencies, Congress, and the media
  • Encouraging the sound use of science in the creation of public policy
  • Fostering effective interaction between agencies and organizations that fund research and the
    community of scientists and scientific societies
  • Facilitating information exchange among constituent societies as well as other scientific organizations

Our History

The launch of FABBS as an organization began on December 7, 1980, when representatives of eight organizations meeting in Chicago joined forces to promote behavioral, psychological, and cognitive sciences.

FABBS was incorporated in 1981, and opened an office in Washington, D.C., in 1982. In 2009, the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological, and Cognitive Sciences changed its name to the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS). Likewise, our sister organization, the Foundation for the Advancement of Behavioral & Brain Sciences, changed its name to FABBS Foundation in 2009.In December 2015, FABBS and FABBS Foundation merged to become a single 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under the name Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences.


FABBS News Highlights is a bi-weekly newsletter with the goals of keeping scientists updated on federal budget and policy issues affecting the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior; recognizing the research contributions of leading scientists; and sharing research findings to inform policies and programs.