Director of the Office of Health Equity; Chief Scientific Diversity Officer
Amanda Alise Price, Ph.D., became the director of the Office of Health Equity as well as NICHD’s chief scientific diversity officer in April 2023. In these roles, she leads the effort to shape the institute’s vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. As part of her duties, she leads NICHD’s STrategies to enRich Inclusion and achieVe Equity (STRIVE) initiative, guiding it into implementation following finalization of the STRIVE Action Plan. She also provides guidance and serves as a technical authority on health disparities and health equity research across NICHD’s extramural and intramural programs.
Dr. Price joined NIH in 2020 as a health scientist administrator/program director. She most recently directed the preventive medicine portfolio and served as a team lead of the Division of Extramural Science Programs at the National Institute of Nursing Research. She previously worked at the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Reducing Cancer Health Disparities. Throughout her NIH career, she has served on several NIH-wide committees and co-authored concepts and funding opportunities to stimulate health disparity and health equity research, increase inclusion for underrepresented populations in research, and promote scientific workforce diversity.
Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Price was a tenured associate professor in the School of Health Sciences at Winston-Salem State University, both a minority-serving and Historically Black Colleges and Universities-designated institution. She taught, trained, and mentored underrepresented scholars in research and the biomedical sciences. She also successfully competed for NIH funding as a principal investigator and generated publications and presentations from her work, which centered on preventing and managing chronic diseases through promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors, with an emphasis on addressing health disparities and promoting health equity.
Dr. Price earned both a Ph.D. and B.S.Ed. in exercise physiology, with a doctoral concentration in statistics and undergraduate minors in chemistry and sports medicine from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.