Yvonne T. Maddox, Ph.D., is the Deputy Director of the NICHD at the NIH. In this role, Dr. Maddox advises the director on matters regarding the $1.3 billion Institute budget and, with the Director, oversees the Institute’s programs that support research on child development, developmental biology, nutrition, AIDS/HIV, intellectual and developmental disabilities, population issues, reproductive biology, contraception, pregnancy, and medical rehabilitation. Dr. Maddox has also served as the Acting Deputy Director of the NIH.
Throughout her academic and government career, Dr. Maddox has been a champion of issues related to women and children. She leads two teams of international scientists as part of a joint India-U.S. Partnership to improve reproductive health and maternal and child health in both countries. In addition, she directs the NICHD Safe to Sleep campaign (formerly the Back to Sleep campaign) to reduce sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and the NIH Down Syndrome (DS) Consortium, a federal/private partnership to advance research in DS. Dr. Maddox is a spokesperson for the NICHD in the area of health equity and leads several committees and working groups to advance medical research for affected communities to improve their health. She chairs the Federal SIDS/Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Working Group, served as Executive Director of the DHHS Cancer Health Disparities Progress Review Group, and co-chaired the DHHS Initiative to Reduce Infant Mortality in Minority Communities.
During her career at NIH, Dr. Maddox has received numerous honors and awards, including both the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award and the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award, as well as the Public Health Service Special Recognition Award, the DHHS Secretary’s Award, and the NIH Director’s Award. She is an inductee in the field of medicine to the Historical Black College and Universities Hall of Fame, and a recipient of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Distinguished Public Service Award. Along with former President Bill Clinton, Dr. Maddox received the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Flame Award in recognition of her service to improve public health. Dr. Maddox has received several honorary degrees, is a member of the American Physiological Society, and has served on many public service and academic boards. She has authored numerous scientific papers and review articles and delivered keynote scientific lectures, both domestically and internationally.
Dr. Maddox received her B.S. in biology from Virginia Union University, Richmond, and her Ph.D. in physiology from Georgetown University. She studied as a visiting scientist at the French Atomic Energy Commission, Saclay, France, and graduated from the Senior Managers in Government Program of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.