Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch (BBPSB)


The Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch (BBPSB) advances research in biobehavioral mechanisms and psychological processes to reduce cancer risk and improve outcomes. BBPSB is within the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Behavioral Research Program (BRP), in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS).

BBPSB cultivates an extramural portfolio that generates basic behavioral, biobehavioral, and psychological science knowledge with translational relevance to cancer prevention and control.

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Advancing Research to Develop Improved Measures and Methods for Understanding Multimorbidity PAR-20-179 (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

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Scientific Priorities

The branch supports the systematic analysis and investigation of the molecular, cellular, neural, psychological, and social processes underlying health-related behaviors and decisions identified as attributable risks for cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality. Research that employs observational or causal experimental designs in controlled or natural conditions with human or animal subjects is supported. Studies that combine diverse levels of analysis and examine reciprocal interactions among levels are encouraged.

Research domains cultivated by BBPSB:

  • Cognition, emotion, judgment, and decision making
  • Sensation, attention, and perception
  • Biological pathways through which psychosocial stressors influence cancer biology and outcomes
  • Methodology and measurement of biobehavioral moderators and mediators
  • Identification and validation of psychological and biobehavioral mechanisms or processes hypothesized to be measurable, malleable, and implicated in behavior change
  • Short- and long-term effects of cancer and cancer treatment
  • Ethical issues in behavioral research
  • Psychological and behavioral aspects of cancer treatment adherence

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Last Updated
September 24, 2020