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NINR Strategic Plan (2022–2026) – Under Development

NINR is developing its next strategic plan, which will describe our future research goals and objectives and our vision for the field of nursing science in the coming years. Provide your feedback and ideas about future research directions.

The NINR DESP Team

Part of the NINR Division of Extramural Science Programs (DESP), NINR Program Directors are scientists who oversee the conduct of research programs within the NINR research portfolio. They are the main points of contact between NINR and the extramural research community, and serve as an advocate and resource for applicants and investigators seeking NINR research and training grants.

Individuals are strongly encouraged to contact the Program Director in their area of interest to discuss proposed research projects and/or training opportunities. If you are interested in a topic area not identified, please contact any of the Program Directors listed below and they can direct you to the right person.

Rebekah RasoolyRebekah Rasooly, PhD
Acting Director, Division of Extramural Science Programs
301-827-2599
rebekah.rasooly@nih.gov

Dr. Rasooly is the Acting Director of DESP. In this role, she is responsible for scientific leadership and overseeing policy and management for grants and contracts to support NINR research and training. Dr. Rasooly is also the Chief of the Office of Wellness, Technology, and Training, with interests in program evaluation and precision medicine. Her background is in genetics, genomics and policy issues related to sharing specimens and data from clinical studies. Prior to joining NINR, Dr. Rasooly was a Program Director and Deputy Division Director for the Division of Kidney, Urologic & Hematologic Disease at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. She also did policy work in NIH’s Office of Extramural Programs. Dr. Rasooly received her undergraduate degree from Harvard and her PhD in genetics from Michigan State University. She joined NIH after serving as an Assistant Professor at St. John’s University, a Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University and an Assistant Deputy Scientific Director for the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man database.

 

Dr. Martha Matocha

Martha Matocha, PhD
Chief, Office of Symptom Science, Genetics, and Self-Management
301-594-2775
matocham@mail.nih.gov

Dr. Matocha leads the Office of Symptom Science, Genetics, and Self-Management. Dr. Matocha’s research background includes work on the post-translational processing of mitochondrial cytochrome P-450 proteins and differential gene expression in a mouse model of trisomy 21. She served 13 years as Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded AIDS Research and Reference Reagent Program, a resource that acquires, develops, and ships critical research reagents to investigators around the world. Dr. Matocha has also served as a Policy Analyst for NIH with responsibilities related to the Government Performance and Results Act; NIAID Program Officer with oversight of HIV/AIDS clinical trials; and NIH Scientific Review Officer for managing reviews of research infrastructure and translational science applications. Dr. Matocha holds BS (nursing), MS (biochemistry), and PhD (biochemistry) degrees.

 

Office of End-of-Life and Palliative Care Research

miller-bio-pic-2017.jpgJeri L. Miller, PhD, MS, MSc, CCC-SLP (ret)
Chief, Office of End-of-Life and Palliative Care Research
NINR Centers Program
301-594-6152
jmiller@mail.nih.gov

Dr. Miller is the Chief of the Office of End-of-Life and Palliative Care Research (OEPCR) overseeing NINR’s end-of-life and palliative care extramural activities. Previously, she was Head of the Office of Research on End-of-Life Science and Palliative Care Investigator Training, and Education in NINR’s Division of Science Policy and Public Liaison. After completion of an NIH/NICHD/NIH Clinical Center post-doctoral fellowship, she continued as an NIH Intramural Scientist and Principal Investigator of numerous protocols focused on: biomedical image processing and analysis, fetal aerodigestive development, 3D-4D sonographic technologies including tissue characterization, fluid dynamics, orofacial kinematics, musculoskeletal sonography, and automated contour and surface deformation techniques. She received the NINR Team Award for the development and operationalization of the OEPCR and the 2018 Presidential Citation from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine for her work in building national programs of science in palliative care. Dr. Miller holds BSc, MS, MSc, and PhD degrees.

 

Dr. Martha Matocha

Martha Matocha, PhD
Chief, Office of Symptom Science, Genetics, and Self-Management
301-594-2775
matocham@mail.nih.gov

Dr. Matocha leads the Office of Symptom Science, Genetics, and Self-Management. Dr. Matocha’s research background includes work on the post-translational processing of mitochondrial cytochrome P-450 proteins and differential gene expression in a mouse model of trisomy 21. She served 13 years as Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded AIDS Research and Reference Reagent Program, a resource that acquires, develops, and ships critical research reagents to investigators around the world. Dr. Matocha has also served as a Policy Analyst for NIH with responsibilities related to the Government Performance and Results Act; NIAID Program Officer with oversight of HIV/AIDS clinical trials; and NIH Scientific Review Officer for managing reviews of research infrastructure and translational science applications. Dr. Matocha holds BS (nursing), MS (biochemistry), and PhD (biochemistry) degrees.

 

Karen Huss Bio Pic

Karen Huss, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN, FAAAAI, FAHA
Self-Management; Caregiving; Rehabilitative Care
301-594-5970
hussk@mail.nih.gov

Dr. Huss is a Program Director overseeing a portfolio focused on self-management of acute and chronic conditions, caregiving, and rehabilitative care. Dr. Huss’s portfolio addresses research on the health needs of caregivers and individuals with chronic conditions and self-management interventions and technologies to sustain health and optimize functional capabilities. Dr. Huss’ portfolio encompasses multiple conditions including heart failure, chronic renal failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary conditions, cancer, and the interface between the biological and behavioral sciences. Dr. Huss previously served in the United States Army Nursing Corps. She was an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing with joint appointments at the Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Huss holds a BSN, MSN, and PhD in nursing science.

 

Dr. Lois Tully

Lois A. Tully, PhD (Contractor) 
Genomics; Symptom Management
301-594-5968
lois.tully@nih.gov

Dr. Tully assists with oversight of a portfolio that encompasses (1) genomics, which addresses the roles, interrelationships, or moderating influences of genes, environment, and behavior on symptom manifestation, disease risks, and patient outcomes, and (2) symptom management, which focuses on biobehavioral approaches to reduce or eliminate adverse symptoms resulting from chronic conditions. Prior to her current role, Dr. Tully served as a program director at NINR and managed a portfolio in genomics and symptom science. Her background includes working at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she served as the Deputy Chief of the Investigative and Forensic Sciences Division and the Program Manager of NIJ’s Forensic DNA Research and Development Program. Dr. Tully holds a BS in medical technology, an MS in forensic sciences, and a PhD in medicine with a concentration in human genetics.

rasooly-bio-pic-2017_0.jpgRebekah Rasooly, PhD
Chief, Office of Wellness, Technology, and Training
301-827-2599
rebekah.rasooly@nih.gov

Dr. Rasooly is the Chief of the Office of Wellness, Technology, and Training, with interests in program evaluation and precision medicine. Her background is in genetics, genomics and policy issues related to sharing specimens and data from clinical studies. Prior to joining NINR, Dr. Rasooly was a Program Director and Deputy Division Director for the Division of Kidney, Urologic & Hematologic Disease at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. She also did policy work in NIH’s Office of Extramural Programs. Dr. Rasooly received her undergraduate degree from Harvard and her PhD in genetics from Michigan State University. She joined NIH after serving as an Assistant Professor at St. John’s University, a Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University and an Assistant Deputy Scientific Director for the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man database.

 

Dr. Kris Bough

Kristopher Bough, MS, PhD
Team Lead, Special Programs Team
Technology; Small Business Innovation Research
301-496-2604
kristopher.bough@nih.gov

Dr. Bough is the Director of NINR’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program and oversees a portfolio of healthcare technologies. Prior to joining NINR, Dr. Bough was a Program Director at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for 12 years where he oversaw SBIR/STTR and research project grants focused on the discovery of new therapeutics for addiction (2008-2020). Prior to joining NIDA, Dr. Bough worked as a clinical pharmacologist at the US Food & Drug Administration/Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (2005-2008). He is interested in the development of biomarkers and AI-based technologies to improve healthcare. Dr. Bough holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Gettysburg College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biology (neuroscience) from Georgetown University.


David Banks

David Banks, PhD, MPH, MSSW, RN
Training; Basic, Biomedical, and Behavioral Research
301-496-9558
david.banks@nih.gov

Dr. Banks is the Extramural Research Training Officer at NINR overseeing NINR’s F and T Series Research Training Programs. Dr. Banks is a nurse scientist who has published articles on blood donation, elder care, HIV/AIDS, and other topics in scientific journals including the American Journal of Public Health; Journal of Black Psychology, and Transfusion. In addition, he represents NINR on the NIH Training Advisory Committee and the Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce Working Group. Dr. Banks holds a BSN, BA (economics), MPH, MS (social work), and PhD (human development).


Shalanda Bynum

Shalanda A. Bynum, PhD, MPH
Social Determinants of Health
shalanda.bynum@nih.gov

Dr. Bynum is a health disparities researcher who joins NINR from the Center for Scientific Review where she served as a Scientific Review Officer in the Risk, Prevention and Health Behavior Integrated Review Group. Prior to entering the federal government, Dr. Bynum was on faculty at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. As an academician, her research program focused on addressing the unequal burden of disease among minoritized populations. More specifically, she used innovative communication approaches to reduce the discovery-delivery divide, community-engaged and mixed-methods research methods to gain a richer understanding of community problems and solutions to addressing them, and culturally relevant behavioral theory to contextualize research efforts. 

She holds a BS in psychology from Florida A&M University and MPH and PhD in health promotion from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Bynum also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral oncology at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute.

At NINR, Dr. Bynum oversees a research grant portfolio focused broadly on the social determinants of health; violence, adversity, and trauma; and sexual health.


Dionne Godette

Dionne Godette, PhD
Epidemiology; Social Determinants of Health
dionne.godette@nih.gov

Dr. Godette is a public health researcher who comes to NINR from the CDC, where she served as a Health Scientist in their Office of Medicine & Science for the past 2 years, overseeing extramural research. She is also an NIH extramural veteran, having worked as a program director at ODP and NIAAA. At ODP, Dionne oversaw the Scientific Interest Groups (SIGs) and developed FOAs and workshops. At NIAAA, she managed a portfolio of science focused broadly on the epidemiology and prevention of alcohol use, specifically in the areas of social determinants of alcohol-related health equity and  alcohol-related health disparities. Prior to joining the federal government in 2011, Dionne was an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia studying social determinants of health disparities in alcohol and other substance abuse.  

Dionne holds a PhD from UNC (2004) and completed two post-doctoral fellowships at the Harvard School of Public Health and Boston Univ. School of Public Health. She also worked as a substance abuse treatment counselor, case manager for drug and alcohol addicted clients and HIV/AIDS outreach counselor for adolescents before embarking on her research career.

At NINR, Dionne will oversee a program focused on epidemiology and social determinants of health. She will also be working to strengthen our investment in research on housing as a social determinant of health and on vaccine hesitancy.

 

Dr. Rebecca Henry

Rebecca Henry, PhD, RN
HIV/AIDS and Immune Function
301-594-5976 
rebecca.henry@nih.gov

Dr. Henry is the HIV/AIDS coordinator for NINR and a Program Director overseeing a portfolio focused on HIV/AIDS/immune function. She is an experienced clinician and public health professional and has conducted research and problem-solving studies among immigrant and minority groups in the United States, as well as in communities in Laos, the Philippines, Ghana, Guyana, and Mexico. During her tenure with the Demographic and Health Research Group, Dr. Henry worked with researchers and physicians from around the world on major health initiatives including evaluation strategies to measure the impact of the President’s Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS Relief. Dr. Henry holds a BS (nursing), MA (anthropology), and a PhD (anthropology).

 

Liz Perruccio

Liz Perruccio, PhD
Health Disparities; Training
liz.perruccio@nih.gov

Liz Perruccio comes to NINR from NIDCR, where she served as a Scientific Review Officer. Prior to that, Liz worked as a Program Director at the NCI in the Center to Reduce Health Disparities (CRCHD), where she was responsible for the oversight of national research programs that: (1) advanced biological, epidemiological, clinical, and behavioral research to improve cancer control/prevention efforts and promoted health equity; (2) coordinated research, training, and outreach efforts for cancer disparities research, and (3) increased the inclusion/diversity of underrepresented populations and investigators in biomedical research via the CPACHE Program. 

Liz began her career as a Regulatory Scientist at the FDA in 2008 before joining NCI in 2010. She holds a PhD from New York Medical College (2001) and completed two NIH post-doctoral fellowships, one at NCI (2001-03) and one at NEI (2003-08). She is passionate about advancing health equity and in 2018 was awarded the NCI Director’s Award for NCI Champions-Leading Diversity for her efforts. 

At NINR, Liz will oversee a health disparities research program as well as working on the NINR training program.

Amanda Price

Amanda Alise Price, PhD
Prevention Science 
240-276-6170
amanda.price2@nih.gov

Dr. Amanda Price is a Program Director overseeing the prevention science portfolio. Prior to joining the NIH, first as a Program Director at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Dr. Price served as a tenured Associate Professor in the School of Health Sciences at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) and held several key leadership roles at WSSU, the University of North Carolina System, and the American College of Sports Medicine. In academia, she successfully competed for NIH funding as a principal investigator and generated numerous publications and presentations from her work centered on the prevention and management of chronic diseases through promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors, with an emphasis on addressing health disparities. Furthermore, Dr. Price has specialized expertise in research methods and design, statistics, and training future healthcare professionals. Dr. Price earned both her Ph.D. and B.S.Ed. in exercise physiology with a doctoral concentration in statistics and undergraduate minors in chemistry and sports medicine from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.  

 

Sung Sug (Sarah) Yoon, PhD, RN
Women’s Health
301-402-6959 
sungsug.yoon@nih.gov

Dr. Yoon is a Program Director overseeing a portfolio focused on women’s health and data science. Dr. Yoon completed post-doctoral training at the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke, served as a coordinator in the National Stroke Registry at CDC, and was an epidemiologist in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey at the National Center for Health Statistics. Most recently she was a Scientific Review Officer at NIH’s Center for Scientific Review, where she was responsible for the Nursing and Related Clinical Science study section. Dr. Yoon holds a BSN and a PhD (clinical epidemiology).

 

miller-bio-pic-2017.jpgJeri L. Miller, PhD, MS, MSc, CCC-SLP (ret)
Chief, Office of End-of-Life and Palliative Care Research
NINR Centers Program
301-594-6152
jmiller@mail.nih.gov

Dr. Miller is the Chief of the Office of End-of-Life and Palliative Care Research (OEPCR) overseeing NINR’s end-of-life and palliative care extramural activities. Previously, she was Head of the Office of Research on End-of-Life Science and Palliative Care Investigator Training, and Education in NINR’s Division of Science Policy and Public Liaison. After completion of an NIH/NICHD/NIH Clinical Center post-doctoral fellowship, she continued as an NIH Intramural Scientist and Principal Investigator of numerous protocols focused on: biomedical image processing and analysis, fetal aerodigestive development, 3D-4D sonographic technologies including tissue characterization, fluid dynamics, orofacial kinematics, musculoskeletal sonography, and automated contour and surface deformation techniques. She received the NINR Team Award for the development and operationalization of the OEPCR and the 2018 Presidential Citation from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine for her work in building national programs of science in palliative care. Dr. Miller holds BSc, MS, MSc, and PhD degrees.

Dr. Lynn AdamsLynn S. Adams, PhD
Palliative Care
NINR Centers Program
301-594-8911
adamsls@mail.nih.gov

Dr. Adams is a Health Scientist Administrator in the Office of End-of-Life and Palliative Care Research overseeing a portfolio focused on palliative care. Prior to joining NINR, she was a Health Scientist Administrator for the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health, an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, and cancer subject matter specialist on human health risk assessments at the Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Adams was also a research fellow at the City of Hope where she led preclinical research studies of breast and prostate cancers. Dr. Adams holds AS, BS, and PhD degrees.

 

Dr. Karen KehlKaren A. Kehl, PhD, RN, FPCN
Hospice/End-of-Life Care
NINR Centers Program
301-594-8010
karen.kehl@nih.gov

Dr. Kehl is a Health Scientist Administrator in the Office of End-of-Life and Palliative Care Research overseeing a portfolio focused on end-of-life care and hospice. Dr. Kehl’s research background focuses on improving preparation of families for care in the last phase of life in the home hospice setting. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing. Dr. Kehl is a Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing and holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Nursing.

 

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