Where were you born?
What school did you attend?
BS degree in Chemistry from the College of New Rochelle, NY, Ph.D. in Neurochemistry from Fordham University, Post-Doctoral training in Behavioral Neuroscience at State University of New York at Stony Brook
What gained your interest in the NIH?
I share the goals and mission of the NIH to improve public health and seek fundamental knowledge through scientific investigation. As a biomedical science researcher, my work has been funded by the NIH. In addition, I have served for many years as a standing member of various Study Sections of the Center for Scientific Review (CSR).
What kind of work do you do at the NIH?
I am the director of the Division of Extramural Research of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). In that capacity, I am responsible for development of scientific programs or areas of science that fulfill NCCIH's mission as well as planning, implementation and policy. NCCIH is one of 27 components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with a mission to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and alternative medicine interventions and their roles in improving health and health care. I also am Chair of Women World in Neuroscience, an international mentoring and networking organization with the primary mission of identifying, promoting and implementing mentoring and networking opportunities for women neuroscientists across the world.
What message would you like to send to young Blacks who are considering going to college?
Always strive to excel academically and to gain experiential knowledge in the chosen field of study. Make mentoring and networking essential components of the college experience.