The Biopsychosocial portfolio encompasses behavioral interventions, neuroendocrine and neuroimmune mechanisms, behavioral and social research, and epidemiology.
Funded behavioral interventions include clinical trials, 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.
The program also supports 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.
The Division of Skin and Rheumatic Diseases promotes and supports basic, translational and clinical studies of skin, wound healing, and skin disorders, as well as adult and pediatric rheumatic diseases.