Health Scientist Administrator
Dr. Dara Blachman-Demner is a Health Scientist Administrator in the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the National Institutes of Health. In that role, she is primarily focused on efforts to facilitate the adoption of behavioral and social science findings into health research and practice. A licensed psychologist, Dr. Blachman-Demner received her BA from Duke University and her Ph.D. in clinical/community psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed her clinical internship at the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois, Chicago and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Family Institute/School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. Prior to joining OBSSR in January 2017, she served as a Social Science Analyst at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) for six years where she initiated and oversaw portfolios related to the impact of youth violence and victimization experiences on health outcomes. Prior to NIJ, Dr. Blachman-Demner served as the Coordinator of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, a collaboration of 22 Federal agencies that produce or use data related to children and families. Dr. Blachman-Demner began her Federal career as a Society for Research in Child Development/AAAS policy fellow at OBSSR from 2006-2008. Dr. Blachman-Demner’s research interests lie in the area of implementation science and related efforts designed to facilitate the translation, adoption and scale up of evidence based health interventions, practices and knowledge into clinical, community and public health settings. Within this arena, she has interest in working to coordinate across the health, justice, education, and social service sectors to ensure that health interventions reach individuals in a variety of settings as well as in community-engaged research to facilitate adoption and implementation. In addition, she remains focused on advancing the science of prevention and treatment of mental disorders and promotion of positive health outcomes among children and youth with a particular emphasis on youth from minority and traditionally underserved communities.