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FABBS reports on items of interest to many communities – scientists, policymakers, and the public. In our news, you will see updates on science funding and policy, articles that translate research for policy, and descriptions of the research contributions of scientists at all stages of their research careers.

NIMH Council Discusses Mental Health Priorities, Progress on Strategic Plan and Portfolio Composition 

June 9, 2022

Joshua Gordon, MD, PhD, welcomed the full panel of members to the 267th Meeting of the National Advisory Mental Health Council (NAMHC), held virtually on June 7th (Agenda). The NAMHC advises the NIMH on all policies and activities relating to the conduct and support of mental health research, research training and institute programs. FABBS regularly submits recommendations for council membership and encourages our scientists to consider serving in this extremely important

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Researcher Studies Black Fatherhood and Mental Health to Improve Youth Developmental Outcomes

June 9, 2022 

Key Findings 

Accessibility of mental health services must be improved for Black families and children.
Black fathers often feel excluded from many early child services.
Emphasizing engagement with Black fathers in child services has positive impacts on the father and child.

 

I saw the sheer brilliance and potential in these children, but also the significant hurdles they would have to overcome. I thought, if I’m seeing it, why should I not do

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Supporting Patients in Recovery: Researcher Tests the Efficacy of Incentives on Behavior Change

May 26, 2022

Key Findings 

Wage supplements significantly increase the likelihood that patients with substance use disorders will remain drug abstinent.
Contingency management is an effective program at maintaining both drug abstinence and employment.

Substance use disorder (SUD) is a growing epidemic in the United States, with overdose deaths climbing every year. This is the field where Dr. Shrinidhi Subramaniam, assistant professor of Psychology and Child Development at

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Visioning Exercise Imagines Future of SBE at NSF

May 26, 2022

The Advisory Committee (AC) for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SBE) Sciences Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF) met on May 20 , chaired by Dr. Dominique Brossard, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The committee experimented with a shortened format, meeting for just one day rather than the two full days that has been traditional.

Dr. Kellina Craig-Henderson, Acting Director of SBE, and other senior staff shared updates on directorate

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