Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine

  • AHEC Hosting Tobacco Education Conference

    College of Medicine’s Area Health Education Center will hold a Tobacco Education Conference on May 16-17, at the Key West Marriot Beachside Hotel. Registration for the conference will include a fee of $185. AHEC encourages individuals who wish to receive education on prevention of tobacco usage to sign-up for the conference on its website before registration closes on April 30th.

    AHEC Conference Registration

  • ACTS2 Hosting Workshop on Sleep Difficulties in Dementia Care

    The ACTS2 Caregiver Project will hold a workshop titled, "Managing Sleep Difficulties in Caring for a Loved One with Dementia: Strategies for Success," on March 21, from 7pm - 8:15pm EST on Facebook Live. Caregivers of loved ones with dementia are encouraged to mark the workshop in their calendar and attend digitally on ACTS2’s Facebook page.

    ACTS2 Workshop

  • Nair-Collins urges adhering to the legal definition of death in diagnosis of brain death

    BSSM Associate Professor Michael Nair-Collins, Ph.D., recently published an article that questions how the legal definition of death is commonly interpreted in relation to brain death. Nair-Collins argues that the evaluation for brain death should require assessment for loss of hormonal secretion from the pituitary gland and hypothalamus to fit the current guidelines of the Uniform Determination of Death Act.

    Nair-Collins' Article

  • Epstein’s Latest Collaboration Enhances Cognitive Information Processing

    FSU College of Medicine BSSM faculty librarian Susan Epstein showcased her expertise as the lead-chapter author of an open-access textbook titled "Cognitive Information Processing: Career Theory, Research, and Practice." This collaborative endeavor with other FSU scholars seeks to enhance the integration of Cognitive Information Processing theory, research, and practice, with the goal of enabling individuals to make informed and deliberate career choices.

    Cognitive Information Processing Textbook

  • Gabriel discusses the Crisis of American Pharmacy during 1918-1942

    In November 2023, FSU College of Medicine BSSM Associate Professor Joe Gabriel, Ph.D., delivered a lecture at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston titled “Proprietary Medicines and the Crisis of American Pharmacy, 1918-1942.” Gabriel’s talk focused on how the increased sale of proprietary medicines led to a professional crisis among pharmacists related to their loss of autonomy, economic instability, and increased legal jeopardy and their response to the situation.

    Gabriel's Lecture

  • AHEC Hosting Course for Tobacco Training Specialists

    Florida State University College of Medicine Area Health Education Center will hold a Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Three-Day Foundation Course Feb. 20-22, 2024, at Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. The training costs $500 for Florida Residents and $750 for out-of-state residents. AHEC encourages individuals who wish to learn about counseling individuals on tobacco cessation to register for the training on its website.

    TTS Three-Day Foundation Course





The Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine will transform behavioral and person centered science and scholarship in 21st century medical education - facilitating improvements in the health and well-being of individuals, their communities, and especially the underserved.





The Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine investigates and emphasizes the influence of individual, interpersonal, and community factors on health, in the context of behavior, social, and societal forces. Our work integrates community partnership with principles and methods from the behavioral and social sciences and bioethics to promote health, especially for the underserved. This is demonstrated through:





Practice based teaching and training in bioethical and biopsychosocial aspects of health.





Conducting cutting edge interdisciplinary research and scholarship that generates knowledge leading to improvements in interventions, healthcare practice, and health outcomes.




Service activities that support and advance our professions and improve health for individuals and communities.