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The F16 study section reviews fellowship and training applications that cover areas of health risk and/or health protective factors at the individual, group, and community levels in humans across the life span, as well as the impact of those factors on healthcare services and physical and mental health outcomes.

Factors include: psychological, interpersonal, social, and cultural processes; organizational structures; and health policies. Research and training activities typically focus on: the etiology, prevention, treatment, or management of acute or chronic mental and physical disorders, including addictions; the optimization of health, health services organization and delivery; the characterization of health and illness over time on an individual and community level; and, the development of mathematical or statistical methods to create better analytic tools.

The List of Reviewers lists all present, whether standing members or temporary, to provide the full scope of expertise present on that date. Lists are posted 30 days before the meeting and are tentative, pending any last minute changes.

Review Dates


  • Epidemiology in the areas of risk factors for cancer, chronic conditions, communicable diseases, conditions related to aging, reproductive health, mental health, substance abuse disorders, and behavioral genetics
  • Studies evaluating the risk and protective factors and preventive interventions associated with the development or self-management of chronic or acute illness, including substance abuse and psychopathology (e.g. violence, child abuse, aggression, suicidal behavior, substance use and other negative influences.)
  • Studies to test the efficacy of clinical interventions across the lifespan
  • Population-based studies of health promotion and environmental change
  • Techniques and methodologies that address statistical and mathematical problems in population-based studies
  • Examination of the interrelationships of socioenvironmental factors, individual factors, sociocultural factors, and biomedical processes
  • Studies of health services and service delivery systems including implementation science
  • Studies on social psychology, personality and interpersonal processes and their relation to mental and physical health
  • Studies of health informatics, e.g., electronic health records, advanced computing architecture, knowledge management, machine learning, etc.
  • Ethical issues in human subjects research, clinical ethics, clinical trials, and human genetics

Shared Interests and Overlaps

Emerging Technologies and Training in Neurosciences (ETTN) / F02-F03: Fellowship applications falling in the areas of Biobehavioral and Behavioral Processes (BBBP) are reviewed in F02 and F03. These include mechanistic studies of adult and child psychopathology, stress, neurocognition and imaging perception and attention, language and communication disorders, and all behavioral studies using animal models.

Infectious Diseases and Microbiology (IDM) / Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Fellowship (F13): F16 has a shared interest with F13 in the area of infectious diseases. Fellowship applications that focus on the epidemiology, implementation science, health informatics or ethical issues as related to infectious diseases may be reviewed in F16. Fellowship applications that address infectious disease transmission and molecular epidemiology may be reviewed in F13.