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NIH Selects Riley to Lead Behavioral, Social Sciences Office

July 31, 2015 —National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., July 30 announced the selection of William Riley, Ph.D., as the next Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR). He has served as Acting Director of the OBSSR since May 2014.

Dr. Riley first came to the NIH in 2005, where he served as Deputy Director of the Division of AIDS and Health & Behavior Research at the National Institute of Mental Health. In 2009, he joined the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute as Program Director of the Clinical Applications and Prevention Branch, Division of Cardiovascular Sciences.  He moved to the National Cancer Institute in 2012, where he was Chief of NCI’s Science of Research and Technology Branch in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. Prior to his employment at the NIH, Dr. Riley worked in the private sector as Director of Research at PICS, Inc., and taught at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Medical College of Georgia.


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