Senior Advisor for Science, Office of Noncommunicable Disease, Injury, and Environmental Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Serves as principal scientific advisor for the Director of the Office of Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury and Environmental Health (ONDIEH). Coordinates agency activities for cross-cutting public health priorities including marijuana use, alcohol-related harms, mental health as well as other emerging behavioral health issues. For these cross-cutting scientific areas, leads strategic planning, monitors and facilitates the implementation of plans, fosters cross-agency and interagency collaboration, maintains situational awareness, writes, reviews, and edits documents, webpages and reports, and regularly updates Deputy Director, Director , partners and CDC scientists regarding the status of initiatives.. Provide scientific assistance to ONDIEH programs, connecting them to resources to support their work, assistance with strategic planning and scientific review as needed.
- Coordinated CDC’s Marijuana cross-agency workgroup and led workgroup in development of agency plan for marijuana and public health
- Led development of CDC’s first marijuana and public health webpages (cdc.gov/marijuana ) released in 2017
- Coordinated multiagency public-private sponsorship and co-wrote the statement of work for the National Academy of Science report “The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research” which was released in January 2017 (http://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd/Reports/2017/health-effects-of-cannabis-and-cannabinoids.aspx)
- Coordinated development of surveillance modules for monitoring health effects of marijuana in several national surveillance systems including Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS).
- Served as Principal Agency representative for the development of Surgeon General Report on Alcohol Drugs and Health (see https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov)