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Office of the Director

Office of the Director

Director, Martha J. Somerman, DDS, PhD, (301) 496-3571
Deputy Director, Douglas Sheeley, ScD, ​(301) 451-6446
Executive Officer, Ms. Kathleen G. Stephan, (301) 496-5826
Senior Advisor to the Director, John Kusiak, PhD (301) 594-7984

The Office of the Director is responsible for the overall scientific direction, policy development, program review, and administrative management of the Institute. Staff coordinates initiatives across the Institute, as well as with the advisory committees and government, public and private organizations. The Office of the Director serves to integrate research planning and budget development, research accomplishments and science transfer, program evaluation and internal quality controls, human resource management and training and career development programs, health education information development, communications and information dissemination, and policy development. This office also is responsible for providing the infrastructure to evaluate the progress made by the Institute's investigators and programs and to direct the Institute to address emerging health problems.

The Director, Deputy, and Directors of the Office of Administrative Management, the Office of Communications and Health Education, and the Office of Science Policy and Analysis provide the leadership for these diverse and complementary activities. In doing so, they facilitate and depend upon close working relationships with NIH staff and with the leadership in other organizations in the United States and throughout the world. Staff continually evaluates ongoing programs, establishes priorities, and seizes opportunities to enhance the nation's oral health through research and related activities to promote oral, dental and craniofacial health.

Office of Administrative Management

Executive Officer, Ms. Kathleen G. Stephan, (301) 496-5826

The Office of Administrative Management (OAM) provides leadership, direction, planning and coordination of NIDCR administrative management activities, including the areas of financial management, R&D acquisition management, management analysis, human resource-related activities, information technology, and general administration; advises the Director, Deputy Director, Division Directors, and other key officials on ethics, managerial and administrative matters affecting the planning and execution of NIDCR programs; interprets, analyzes, and implements legislation and/or Departmental and NIH directives affecting administrative policies, orders and new concepts affecting the overall mission of the NIDCR; ensures Institute compliance with all applicable administrative regulations; develops policies, guidelines, and procedures on matters relating to the administrative management activities of the Institute; and serves as the Institute focal point for the coordination, preparation, and analysis of a wide variety of programmatic reports and other documents associated with NIH, DHHS, and other Federal agencies.

  • Administrative Management Branch
    Executive Officer, Ms. Kathleen G. Stephan, (301) 496-5826

    The Administrative Management Branch provides overall administrative advice and support to the Office of the Director (OD), the Division of Extramural Research, and the Division of Epidemiology and Oral Disease Prevention; assists in planning and directing the OD's and the Divisions' administrative management activities including budget, personnel, management analysis, procurement, space management, travel, property management, office services, timekeeping, etc.; analyzes effects of changes in administrative policies and practices by organizational echelons above the NIDCR; advises OD and Division staff of administrative policies and practices; develops, implements and/or provides advice on the development and implementation of regulations, policies and procedures for the Institute; prepares staff papers and reports on general management issues in response to requirements from NIH and DHHS; coordinates, analyzes, and provides advice on all organizational change proposals for the Institute; and serves as the coordinating point in handling administrative and/or management issues/problems that cross NIDCR division lines and which cannot be resolved at division levels, including property accountability, records management, payroll liaison, international travel, sponsored travel, etc.

  • Financial Management Branch
    Chief, Ms. Carol Loose​, (301) 496-4769

    The Financial Management Branch (FMB) advises the Institute Director, Deputy Director, Executive Officer, and other senior staff in the financial management aspects of the planning, formulation execution, and evaluation of the Institute's programs; collaborates with program planning staff in the development and coordination of the Institute's divisions with the budget process; formulates and monitors the Institute's financial management program and establishes systems for effective control of funds; compiles and prepares the Institute budget; devises or oversees development of financial data systems that provide information for management decisions, while remaining compatible with the central NIH accounting systems; develops budget back-up material for Office of Management and Budget and Congressional appropriation hearings and assists in the briefing of witnesses in defense of the budget; and serves as the focal point for the monitoring and clearance of budgetary and fiscal data as the result of Congressional and public inquiries.

Office of Clinical Trials Operations and Management

Director, Ms. Anna Nicholson, (301) 594-1852

The Office of Clinical Trials Operations and Management (OCTOM) provides operational and management support for NIDCR’s intramural and extramural clinical research programs including clinical trials, behavioral research and epidemiological studies. The OCTOM coordinates and facilitates implementation of clinical research studies. It provides tools, training and resources to ensure that clinical research supported by the NIDCR is conducted with high quality and efficiency, and complies with requirements for human subject safety. The OCTOM supports safety oversight and quality clinical research by ensuring compliance with applicable regulations, standards, policies and Good Clinical Practice guidelines. The OCTOM provides support and expertise in the areas of safety and data monitoring, pharmacovigilance, protocol development, regulatory submissions and human subject protections, clinical site monitoring and reporting, protocol development, regulatory submissions, and human subject protections for clinical research.

Office of Communications and Health Education

Director, Ms. Karina Boehm, (301) 594-7554

The Office of Communications and Health Education (OCHE) develops, implements, and evaluates the Institute’s science, health, and digital communication programs.  These programs are designed to promote the timely transfer of knowledge gained from research and its implications for health to researchers, health professionals, patients, the general public, and the media.  The office also manages scientific, NIH, and DHHS clearance of NIDCR communications; coordinates liaison with patient and professional organizations; and advises the NIDCR Director, staff, and relevant outside groups on communication strategies and policies.  

  • Health Information and Public Liaison Branch
    Chief, Ms. Mary Daum, (301) 594-7559​

    The Health Information and Public Liaison Branch manages NIDCR’s public inquiry and exhibit programs; conducts social marketing and other audience research to guide health professional, patient, and public education; develops, tests, and disseminates oral health information and campaigns; translates and adapts oral health content for people with limited English proficiency; coordinates liaison with health voluntary organizations; and establishes strategic partnerships with other NIH Institutes, federal agencies, and outside organizations.

  • Science Communication and Digital Outreach Branch
    Ms. Victoria Contie, (301) 594-5388​​

    The Science Communication and Digital Outreach Branch develops and disseminates information on NIDCR-supported research; coordinates media training for NIDCR scientific staff; handles media relations; coordinates liaison with professional organizations; conducts customer satisfaction research and digital analytics to guide website/social media strategy and measure effectiveness; and manages the NIDCR website(s), social media, and related content and policies.​

Office of Information Technology

Director, Mr. John Prue, (240) 271-1618

Office of Information Technology oversees and coordinates the Institute's information technology (IT) activities; develops strategic IT plans, ensuring Institute compliance with all applicable regulations, and ensures that IT is used effectively throughout the Institute; establishes and oversees the Institute's IT policies and guidelines and provides for appropriate security of IT systems; and provides leadership, focus and operational support within the Institute for implementation of IT policies and standards;  the management of IT projects;  development, operation and maintenance of state-of-the-art IT facilities and equipment;  Network infrastructure and operation; internet and intranet services; the development and maintenance of Institute-wide or program-specific databases and information systems; and the design and implementation of continuing professional development programs of computer literacy and competency for Institute staff.

Office of Science Policy and Analysis

Acting Director, Dr.Jonathan Horsford, (301) 451-6845

The Office of Science Policy and Analysis (OSPA) develops and coordinates NIDCR’s activities in the areas of science policy; scientific strategic planning; evaluation; science coding; reporting; and legislative affairs. The Office also includes the Institute’s dental, oral, and craniofacial epidemiology research group and Dental Public Health Residency program.

  • Program Analysis and Reporting Branch
    Chief, Dr. Timothy Iafolla, (301) 496-3169

    This branch oversees scientific program analysis, reporting, and oral epidemiology activities. The branch performs comprehensive program analyses to develop reports to guide Institute scientific planning and evaluation. This branch also houses the Institute’s dental, oral, and craniofacial epidemiology research group and Dental Public Health Residency program, which conduct research on trends in morbidity, mortality, and care patterns for diseases within NIDCR’s mission. 
  • Science Policy and Planning Branch
    Chief, Dr. Margo Adesanya, (301) 594-7553​

    This branch coordinates activities related to science policy and strategic planning. The branch provides leadership for the development of the five year NIDCR Strategic Plan, annual extramural research initiatives, and broader NIH and DHHS planning activities. The branch also maintains the Institute's system to code and track NIDCR-supported research and training and offers guidance concerning emerging scientific and program policy issues of significance to the Institute and makes recommendations accordingly.

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This page last updated: October 18, 2017