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Wendy J. Nilsen, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator

Wendy Nilsen, Ph.D. is a Health Scientist Administrator at the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR). Wendy’s scientific focus is on the science of human behavior and behavior change, including: utilizing mobile technology to better understand and improve health, adherence, the mechanisms of behavior change and behavioral interventions in patients with multiple chronic conditions in primary care.

Wendy works in multiple trans-NIH initiatives in mobile and wireless health (mHealth). Some of these activities include: leading the development of the NIH mHealth Public-Private Partnership, coleading the NIH mPower mHealth group, convening meetings to address methodology and barriers to the utilization of mobile technology in research; serving on numerous federal mHealth initiatives; and, leading the mHealth training institutes. A link to mHealth activities at OBSSR is at: http://obssr.od.nih.gov/scientific_areas/methodology/mhealth/index.aspx. Wendy is also the chair of the Adherence Network, a trans-NIH initiative whose goal is to provide leadership and vision for adherence research at NIH. The mission of the Adherence Network is to pursue opportunities for strengthening adherence research at the NIH while innovating beyond existing investments. The Network also hosts a Distinguished Speaker series, which is a monthly webinar featuring researchers from across the full range of adherence research. More information about adherence at OBSSR is at: http://obssr.od.nih.gov/scientific_areas/health_behaviour/adherence/index.aspx. Wendy's third primary area of interest in multiple chronic conditions. She led a trans-NIH working group that generated a funding announcement that targeted behavioral interventions for this population. In addition, she recently chaired a meeting on exploring the context of health and healthcare for people with multiple chronic conditions. She is also a member of the HHS multiple chronic conditions working group.

Wendy joined NIH.s Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research in June 2009 as a health science administrator. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology) at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Wendy received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Purdue University. Her past research focused on the psychological and social functioning of children and families involved in the child welfare (Child Protective Services and foster care) and court systems. While on faculty at the University of Rochester, she was the principal investigator on multiple studies, including a Patient-Oriented Career Award from the National Institute of Mental Health. Wendy has also been an active member of numerous committees targeting the lives of children and families in child welfare and the court system. In 2007, she was appointed to serve on the New York State Citizen’s Commission, which provides congressionally-mandated oversight for the child welfare system. She also was the co-leader of the Babies Can’t Wait/Teens Won’t Wait program, which is a continuing education program focusing on the needs of maltreated children and adolescents to legal professionals in seven counties in New York State. Dr. Nilsen has also provided content expertise to multiple New York State Office of Children and Family Services initiatives including the best-practices visitation manual and the development of a Child Protective Service parent, peer mentoring program.

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Email: nilsenwj@od.nih.gov























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