Biosketch of NICHD Associate Director for Extramural Research

Della M. Hann, Ph.D.

Della M. HannDella M. Hann, Ph.D., joined NICHD as the Associate Director for Extramural Research and Director of the Division of Extramural Research (DER) in September 2015, after serving as the Deputy Director of the NIH Office of Extramural Research since 2010.

Before her appointment as Deputy Director of the NIH Office of Extramural Research, Dr. Hann served as Director for the Office of Science Policy, Planning, and Communications at National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and as Acting Director of the Office of Autism Research Coordination at NIMH. In that capacity, she provided leadership and management for the congressionally mandated Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, which advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services on autism research.

Dr. Hann came to NIH in 1991 to become Chief of the Interpersonal and Family Processes Program within the NIMH Behavioral, Cognitive, and Social Sciences Research Branch. During her NIH tenure, she has served as senior policy advisor to the NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research and as the Associate Director for Research Training and Scientific Collaborations with the NIMH Division of Mental Disorders, Behavioral Research, and AIDS.

Dr. Hann received her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in 1986 in experimental psychology, with an emphasis on issues of early child development. Before coming to NIH, she held a postdoctoral fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation in the Department of Psychiatry at Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans, where she conducted research related to early socio-emotional development in infants of adolescent mothers.

Her many honors and accomplishments include NIH Director’s Awards in recognition of exceptional vision and performance, creativity in establishing new extramural research programs, and service in science policy and communications.

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