Rheumatic Diseases Biopsychosocial Research Program (includes PROMIS, FMS)

Reviewed July 12, 2013

Research Areas

The Biopsychosocial portfolio encompasses behavioral interventions, neuroendocrine and neuroimmune mechanisms, behavioral and social research, and epidemiology. Behavioral interventions include clinical trials of behavioral interventions, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, coping skills training, relaxation, meditation, hypnosis, support groups, self-management programs, stress management, physical activity, self-disclosure/emotional expression and related treatment approaches. Also included are basic research in animals or humans examining neuroendocrine and/or neuroimmune mechanisms in rheumatic and related diseases, e.g., mechanisms in neuropsychiatric lupus, neuroendocrine abnormalities in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Behavioral and social research comprises health behavior research, including psychosocial and behavioral risk factors; socioeconomic factors; health disparities; adherence and compliance; health-related decision making; sleep; and behavioral, emotional, or social functioning as related to rheumatic, musculoskeletal, or skin diseases.
NOTE: fatigue only as it relates to disease.

Staff Contact:

Phil Tonkins, Dr.P.H.
Program Director
Rheumatic Diseases Biopsychosocial Research Program (includes PROMIS, FMS)
Division of Skin and Rheumatic Diseases
NIAMS, NIH, DHHS
One Democracy Plaza
6701 Democracy Blvd., Ste. 800
Bethesda, MD 20892-4872
Tonkinsw2@mail.nih.gov