Health Scientist Administrator
Lauren Fordyce joined OBSSR as a Health Science Administration in September 2023. In this role, she supports the OBSSR mission to enhance the impact of health-related behavioral and social sciences research, coordinate and integrate these sciences within the larger NIH research enterprise and communicate health-related behavioral and social sciences research findings.
Prior to coming to OBSSR, she was a Scientific Review Officer in the Center for Scientific Review, managing the Clinical Management in General Care Settings study section. Additionally, Lauren served as a Scientific Program Analyst within the Division of Blood Diseases and Resources at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute where she focused on program evaluation. From 2014 – 2016, she was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy fellow with placements in the Office of the Behavioral and Social Science and the Office of the Surgeon General. Lauren received her Ph.D. in medical anthropology from the University of Florida with an emphasis on maternal and child health, and her doctoral work was an ethnographic examination of Haitian migrant women’s pregnancy experiences in South Florida.