Charisee Lamar, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.R.T.

Director, OHE, OD


Dr. Charisee Lamar is the Director of OHE within NICHD OD. She has a wide range of experience in the areas of program management, strategic planning, interagency collaboration, and training. She also has a strong track record of multiple efforts to diversify the scientific workforce, including being the head of the NIH Program Leadership Committee Diversity Working Group, being one of only three NIH staff members to participate in a White House Office of Science Technology and Policy Workforce Diversity summit, serving on the NICHD Training Task Force, and co-chairing the Diversity Supplement Committee.

Dr. Lamar joined the NICHD as a program officer in 2005. As a program official, she directed the Reproductive Neuroendocrinology, the Fertility Preservation Programs, and the Reproductive Scientist Development Program within the Fertility and Infertility Branch at NICHD.  She also served as the committee coordinator for the Reproductive Medicine Network.

Prior to joining NICHD, Dr. Lamar was the centers program director at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), NIH. Her portfolio included Specialized Centers of Research (SCORs) and Multipurpose Clinical Research Centers relevant to NIAMS’ mission. She also managed SCORs on Sex and Gender Factors Affecting Women’s Health on behalf of the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health.

Dr. Lamar was an NIH Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute, where her research focused on the role of sex hormones and hormone receptors in the risk of breast cancer.

Dr. Lamar received an undergraduate degree in respiratory therapy from Augusta University (formerly the Medical College of Georgia) and later became a Registered Respiratory Therapist. She earned a doctoral degree in endocrinology from the Medical College of Georgia and received a master’s in public health degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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