|NCCAM Names Dr. Heather G. Miller, Director of Office of Policy,
Planning, and Evaluation
Heather G. Miller, Ph.D., M.F.S., was selected as Director for the Office of
Policy, Planning, and Evaluation within the National Center for Complementary
and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Dr. Miller will serve as senior advisor to NCCAM’s director on science, science
policy, and other strategic issues, as well as oversee the planning, evaluation,
and reporting activities for the Center.
Dr. Miller joined NCCAM in 2003, when she was appointed Senior Advisor for Women’s
Health. Prior to that, she was the senior advisor to the Deputy Director of Extramural
Research in the Office of the Director, NIH. At NIH, she also served as the AIDS
coordinator for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and as
a Program Officer in the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Branch at the National
Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“I am delighted that Dr. Miller has assumed this critical leadership role at
NCCAM. It offers the opportunity to plan the Center’s investments across the
many complex areas of complementary and alternative medicine research, to critically
appraise the success of those investments, and to report their results to our
many stakeholders,” said Stephen E. Straus, NCCAM Director. “Her experience,
skill, and clear understanding of the responsibilities of this office will be
essential in her new position within the Center.”
Before moving to NIH, Dr. Miller was the Director of the Health and Behavior
Measurement Program at the Research Triangle Institute in Research Triangle Park,
NC, where she conducted NIH-supported research and served on several NIH review
groups. She also worked at the National Academies at the Institute of Medicine
and at the National Academy of Sciences where she wrote two book-length reports
Dr. Miller has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and written several
book chapters on AIDS and measurement of health and risk-associated behaviors.
She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Connecticut College and
earned both a master’s in forensic science and a doctorate in medical sociology
and research methods from the George Washington University.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine’s mission is
to explore complementary and alternative medical practices in the context of
rigorous science, train CAM researchers, and disseminate authoritative information
to the public and professionals. For additional information, call NCCAM’s Clearinghouse
toll free at 1-888-644-6226, or visit the NCCAM Web site at nccam.nih.gov.
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Agency — includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal
agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical
research, and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common
and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.