International Advisory Board
William N. Elwood
Dr. Bill Elwood coordinates the Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet), an initiative that involves all Institutes and Centers at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to increase the agency's research projects that explain mechanisms and processes that influence individual and group health-related behaviors. Bill also is developing a research agenda on ways to measure the influence of cultural attitudes, beliefs, and values on human health and wellbeing. Concurrently, he serves as the behavioral-social sciences expert for global health and for the agency's Clinical and Translational Science Awards Community Engagement network. Dr. Elwood also works within NIH and with the UN Foundation, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, and multiple US Government agencies to distribute cleaner-burning cookstoves across the developing world.
Previously, Bill conducted community-based research and evaluation projects throughout the U.S. and Mexico on substance abuse prevention and treatment, drug use epidemiology, mental health treatment, public housing-based health initiatives, STD/HIV-intervention studies, and economic self-sufficiency programs. WHO, NIH, the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and private foundations supported his research. Dr. Elwood's publications concentrated on attitudes and beliefs of hard-to-reach populations and the influences that cultural and personal values and community settings have on mental health, substance use and abuse, health-related behaviors, and participation in civic life. Bill received the 2004 Outstanding Applied Communication Research Article from the Journal of Applied Communication Research and Best Book of 1996 from the National Communication Association.