Barbara A. Smothers, Ph.D., New Chief of the Office of Extramural Programs, NINR
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Director Patricia
A. Grady, Ph.D., announced today that Barbara A. Smothers, Ph.D.,
has joined NINR as the Chief of NINR’s Office of Extramural
Programs. NINR is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
“I am delighted that Dr. Barbara Smothers is now part of
the NINR leadership,” said Dr. Grady. “Dr. Smothers’ experience
as a research psychologist, a nurse, and an extramural program
official at NIH will be valuable assets to the NINR extramural
program that has as a priority the integration of biological and
In her new position, Dr. Smothers will be responsible for developing
and supporting investigator-initiated applications containing innovative
ideas and sound methodology in all aspects of nursing research
consistent with the Institute’s mission. NINR-supported research
focuses on three broad areas: promoting health and preventing disease,
managing the symptoms and disability of illness, and improving
the environments in which care is delivered.
Dr. Smothers joins NINR from the National Institute on Alcohol
Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Division of Epidemiology and Prevention
Research. There she served as a program official for extramural
program activities, administering and managing a portfolio of alcohol
epidemiology and prevention grants, with a focus on methodology.
She also conducted research involving analysis of national data,
and provided consultation to staff about epidemiological surveys
and statistical analysis.
The author or co-author of scholarly articles in journals and
other publications, Dr. Smothers and her NIAAA co-investigator,
Harold T. Yahr, Ph.D., reported in the April 12, 2004 issue of
Archives of Internal Medicine, that many people admitted to hospitals
in the U.S. have alcohol use disorders that go undetected. An NIAAA
press release on this study states that these findings “underscore
a need to screen hospital patients for alcohol problems and refer
patients for further evaluation, intervention, and treatment as
Dr. Smothers is the recipient of numerous awards for service and
meritorious achievement. She received her Ph.D. in Human Development
(major) and Program Evaluation (minor) from the University of Maryland,
College Park, Maryland, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing
from University of New York at Plattsburgh.