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Behavioral Science

​HANC facilitates the trans-NIH institute, cross-network Behavioral Science Working Group (BSWG). The BSWG’s overarching goal is to ensure that the DAIDS clinical trials networks benefit from state-of-the-science methods and procedures that optimize adherence to product and risk reduction counseling and minimize the risk of confounding user and product failures. Further, the BSWG endeavors to maximize fiscal and scientific resources, reduce redundancies, improve cross-network communication and collaboration, and ensure that the best quality behavioral science is integrated into clinical trials.

HANC also facilitates the cross-network/trans-Institute Youth Prevention Working Group (YPRWG) was formed in the winter of 2012. The group consists of representatives from the NIH networks, the Adolescent Trials Network (ATN), DAIDS, NIAID, NIMH, NIDA, and NICHD.

​Want to propose an NIH HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Network Behavioral Study?


HANC has developed a "Proposing an NIH HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Network Study: Background, Guidance & Additional Resources" document to advance behavioral research within the networks. This guidance document is for current and future network behavioral and social science researchers as they propose new studies, request data sets for additional analyses, apply for scholar programs, and liaise with colleagues.

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​Qualitative Research SMEC

The BSWG organized a subject matter expert consultation (SMEC) of over 30 behavioral and social scientists, NIH staff, and other content experts in Washington, DC on May 5th, 2015. It was first noted in 2007 that a meeting dedicated to qualitative research was needed. The SMEC was the first of its kind.

The final report is available in the BSWG Report Library. Follow the link below.

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The BSWG is supported by The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

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