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Gloria Krahn, PhD, MPH

Gloria Krahn, PhD, MPH
Director, Division of Human Development and Disability

Gloria Krahn is the Director of the Division of Human Development and Disability at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). She joined the CDC after 25 years as an academic clinician, researcher, teacher and administrator. Her early work in child development was followed by an interest in disabilities and development across the lifespan., Dr. Krahn is widely regarded as a national and international expert in the field of disability and public health. Her publications and lectures have bridged the fields of child development, childhood-onset disability, health status measurement and health promotion among adults with disabilities. Dr. Krahn's research has been funded by the NIH, the U.S. Department of Education, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau at HRSA, and the CDC. Dr. Krahn is the author of numerous publications related to disability and child development, and she is the co-editor of the first major textbook on Disability and Public Health.

Dr. Krahn has served in a variety of leadership roles within organizations addressing disability across the lifespan. She has developed strong collaborative relationships with other universities, with state health departments, and with local communities. She served as President of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), Chair of the Disability Section of the American Public Health Association, on the executive committee of the National Associaiton of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers and as a leader of the Healthy People 2010 Disabilities Work Group.

Dr. Krahn received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Manitoba, her M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkley, and completed a postdoctoral residency in pediatric psychology at Oregon Health & Science University.

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