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Who We Are

The Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine (BSSM) is an interdisciplinary department that contributes to the mission of the College of Medicine through research, teaching, and service. We emphasize the influence of individual, interpersonal, and community factors on health, in the context of social and societal forces. Our work integrates community partnership with principles and methods from behavioral sciences, social sciences, and the humanities to advance knowledge and promote health, especially for the underserved.

Our commitment to the mission of FSU COM is demonstrated through:

  • Classroom and practice-based teaching, mentoring, and other educational efforts.
  • Service activities that support the COM, advance our professions, and improve the health of individuals and communities.
  • Conducting cutting edge research that advances knowledge and leads to improvements in interventions, healthcare practices, and health outcomes.




Teaching is a core area where BSSM works to promote the mission of FSU COM. Members of the department teach regularly in courses at the College of Medicine—some serve as course directors, others facilitate discussion groups and give lectures, and some offer electives such as medical Spanish. Members of BSSM also serve in a variety of other teaching and mentoring roles, whether at the College of Medicine, the regional campuses, affiliated institutions, or other departments at FSU.


Service is an important way in which members of BSSM advance the mission of the College. Faculty and staff members serve on numerous committees that advance the mission, work with mission-based student service learning groups such as FSUCares, and promote the mission through service activities in professional organizations.

Members of the department are also active in a variety of community, advocacy, and governmental organizations that promote the mission. Some also provide direct services to promote the health of underserved Floridians, including AHEC tobacco cessation training programs, bioethics consults, and mental health services.


“Dr. Kimberly Driscoll, faculty advisor to FSUCares (in sun glasses), with Professor Karen E. Myers and students on an FSUCares service learning trip.”


Members of BSSM conduct cutting-edge research and scholarship, much of which is mission driven. Areas of research focus include chronic illness and conditions, health disparities, mental health, substance use and addiction, health care law and policy, and the conceptual foundations of science.

We draw on a wide variety of research methodologies in our work, including intervention development and implementation science, policy and program evaluation, comparative effectiveness research, and historical and bioethical scholarship. Members of the department published 29 articles and book chapters last year.

BSSM is also leading an effort to grow patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR). The goal of PCOR is to engage patients and other stakeholders who affect and are affected by health research in all aspects of the research process, from deciding what to study, how to study, what to measure, and how to engage the community in dissemination and use of research findings. PCOR helps people and their caregivers communicate and make informed health care decisions, allowing their voices to be heard in assessing the value of health care options.

The goals of the current effort are to significantly improve the ability of the FSU COM community and its partners in patient-centered research; to create infrastructure that will support PCOR; to increase the meaningful engagement of community stakeholders, including clinicians, in research; to create mechanisms that will foster and sustain collaborations and research productivity; and to bring in disciplines unrepresented health-related research.

“A family caregiver receiving telephone-based skills-building and support in Dr. Glueckauf's NIMH-funded African-American Alzheimer's Caregiver Training and Support project.”


Join our team!

The Florida State University College of Medicine, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine seeks candidates for two (2) Full Time, Tenure Track Faculty positions at the Assistant and/or Associate Rank. FSU values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Candidates who study minority and/or medically underserved populations are especially encouraged to apply. The applicant should have either a PhD or comparable degree in the social, public health, or behavioral sciences. The successful candidate will be expected to develop/continue an independent line of research as indicated by a strong record of publications and extramural funding (commensurate with their rank) and to participate in teaching medical students.

We are seeking to expand our research programs focused on development, testing, implementation or dissemination of behavioral interventions, including health services research. The attached graphic   depicts our research priorities in the center, relevant topics contributing to the research agenda are in the lower boxes, while the necessary faculty skillsets to facilitate this agenda are highlighted in the boxes at the top. The areas circled are the focus of this faculty search.



 Although a specific topic of research is open, we are seeking to complement existing programs related to maternal-child and lifespan health, mental health and substance use including tobacco, neuro-developmental disorders and aging as well as chronic conditions such as diabetes and lung disease. Our department seeks candidates whose work aligns with the college of medicine mission, which emphasizes patient centered care for the underserved. As a community-based medical school, the FSU College of Medicine is particularly well-suited for conducting research in primary care and community settings. For more information about the department, please see our website:

Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references to:

Ms. Georgia Arnold, Florida State University College of Medicine, 1115 W. Call St., Tallahassee, FL, 32306-4300. FSU is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action Employer. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

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The Florida State University College of Medicine, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine seeks candidates for a Full Time, Tenure Track Faculty position at the Full or Associate Rank to fill the Distinguished Endowed Professorship in Mental Health. The applicant should have either a PhD or comparable degree in the Social or Behavioral Sciences, or Public Health, or an MD with Mental Health Research Emphasis. The successful candidate will be expected to continue an independent line of extramurally funded research, a strong publication record, as well as teaching, and service accomplishments. Research topic should generally be in the area of mental health with a focus on minority and / or underserved populations. Research expertise may include (but not limited to) patient centered outcomes research, health services, clinical, translational, or community-based research.

The FSU College of Medicine (COM) aims to provide community-based medical education that emphasizes the biopsychosocial model, primary care, and care for underserved populations. The COM is located on the campus of Florida State University and strives for a collaborative culture across departments and University-Wide. FSU faculty are distributed in other sectors of the university, and across six regional COM campuses in Tallahassee, Sarasota, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Ft. Pierce, and Pensacola, FL. A clinical research network is currently being developed in association with the regional campuses involving training relationships with approximately 1,800 community physician-clinical faculty members who practice throughout the state of Florida. In addition to excellent facilities, the COM also has a state-of-the-art translational science laboratory. Additional information about the College of Medicine may be found at

The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary faculty with expertise and interest in psychology, behavioral health, public health, epidemiology, bioethics, philosophy, history, and medical Spanish, who engage in research and teaching of medical students and residents as well as undergraduate and graduate students.

Consideration of candidates and interviews will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The salary is nationally competitive and commensurate with qualifications. FSU offers excellent employee benefits.

FSU values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. To apply, send a CV, cover letter, and list of references to Dr. Heather A. Flynn, Vice Chair for Research, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine, at Electronic materials are preferred, but paper materials may be sent to the College of Medicine, 1115 West Call Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4300.

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: