NICHD Associate Director for Prevention and
Program Director, PDB, DER
NICHD’s Associate Director for Prevention, a position established by the Health Extension Act of 1985, coordinates and promotes institute programs related to the prevention of health problems of mothers and children. The institute portfolio includes prevention-focused activities in the basic, translational, and clinical research realms.
As a PDB program director, Dr. King has guided large interdisciplinary initiatives, such as the NICHD-led Science and Ecology of Early Development program and the Work, Family, and Health Network. She collaborated on the launch of the trans-NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences Opportunity Network (OppNet) and led its program on sleep and the social environment. For PDB, she has overseen the Population Dynamics Research Infrastructure and Population Dynamics Mentored Research Scientist Development programs, as well as scientific grant portfolios.
Currently, Dr. King chairs the NICHD Reproductive Health Interest Group and serves as a project scientist for the Science of Behavior Change program within the NIH Common Fund. She also manages the institute’s involvement with the National Survey of Family Growth, an interagency activity with the National Center for Health Statistics, and contributes to the federal expert group for the Birth to 24 Months Project, a joint effort of the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. She has published on methodological approaches for measuring infertility with population-level data, the use of infertility services and assisted reproductive technologies in the United States, and the effects of work-family interventions on adolescent and adult health.
Dr. King received her doctorate in sociology and demography from the University of Pennsylvania. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, she joined NICHD as a social science analyst and became a health scientist administrator (program official) in 2005.