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NIOSH Extramural Research and Training Programs

The NIOSH Office of Extramural Programs

Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Extramural Programs is to lead and support national occupational safety and health research and training programs reduce work-related injuries and illnesses through a diversified portfolio of high quality extramural research, education, and training in collaboration with global partners.

Organization and Staffing of OEP

To facilitate the management of the extramural grant and cooperative agreement portfolios, NIOSH has established the Office of Extramural Programs (OEP). The OEP is under the direction of the Associate Director for Research Integration and Extramural Performance, which reflects the Institute’s commitment to integrating research activities across NIOSH and to performance assessment of extramural research. OEP is located within the NIOSH Office of the Director. The OEP staff provides leadership to the review and program management activities as outlined below. To contact any of the OEP staff, please click on their name.

Associate Director for Research Integration and Extramural Performance - Sarah A. Felknor, MS, DrPH

Office of Extramural Programs (404)-498-2530

Director of OEP - W. Allen Robison, Ph.D.
Management & Program Analyst - Regina Emerson, MBA
Program Operations Assistant - Geneva Cashaw

Program Analysis/Translation Coordination

Public Health Analyst - Stephanie Shack
Program Assistant - Antwana Phillips
Program Specialist - Stephanie Simmelkjaer
Program Analyst - Peter Grandillo, MBA, CGMS, GMC

Research and Training Program Administration:

Acting Program Team Lead - Viji Potula, PhD
Scientific Program Official - Steve Dearwent, PhD, Captain USPHS
Scientific Program Official - Steve Inserra, MPH, Captain USPHS
Scientific Program Official - Joan Karr, PhD
Scientific Program Official - Travis Kubale, PhD
Scientific Program Official - Maria Lioce, MD
Scientific Program Official - Elizabeth H. Maples, PhD
Scientific Program Official - Sharon Chiou, PhD

Scientific Review Administration:

Acting Review Team Lead - Nina Turner, PhD
Scientific Review Official - Don Blackman, PhD
Scientific Review Official – Michael Goldcamp, PhD (Detail)
Scientific Review Official - George Bockosh, MS, CTR

Senior Technical Consultant - Price Connor, PhD , CTR
Committee Management Specialist - Joanne Fairbanks
Program Specialist - LaTanya Jackson

In conjunction with OEP, the Procurement and Grants Office (PGO) of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) performs the business administration for extramural awards.

Program Portfolio

The purpose of the NIOSH extramural program is to support research and training projects that are focused on the reduction of workplace risk for injury, illness, and death. NIOSH extramural research covers a wide range of program areas. To better coordinate the research activities in OEP, the extramural research portfolio is organized into priority areas in occupational safety and health. These research priorities are derived from the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), a stakeholder driven research agenda designed to address the most pressing needs in workplace health and safety in the United States. Researchers are asked to identify the priority areas their projects address. Collectively, these research projects address a myriad of complex issues and further the state of art and knowledge related to the causes and conditions of occupational injury, illness, and mortality.

The NIOSH extramural portfolios are are organized into focused areas of interest. Contact information is provided for the Scientific Program Official responsible for each area. Additional information about these program areas may be found on the NIOSH Program Portfolio website.

View information on current NIOSH funding opportunities


Research Program Portfolio Areas Extramural Program Official
Program Sectors
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing Allen Robison
Construction Steve Inserra
Healthcare & Social Assistance Linda Frederick
Manufacturing Linda Frederick
Mining Viji Potula
Oil and Gas Viji Potula
Public Safety Steve Inserra
Services Steve Inserra
Wholesale & Retail Trade Adele Childress
Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities Viji Potula
Program Cross Sectors
Authoritative Recommendations Allen Robison
Cancer, Reproductive & Cardiovascular Health Adele Childress
Communications & Information Dissemination Allen Robison
Economics Adele Childress
Emergency Preparedness and Response Steve Inserra
Engineering Controls Linda Frederick
Exposure Assessment Viji Potula
Global Collaborations Viji Potula
Health Hazard Evaluations Linda Frederick
Hearing Loss Prevention Steve Inserra
Immune and Dermal Linda Frederick
Musculoskeletal Disorders Linda Frederick
Nanotechnology Viji Potula
Occupational Health Disparities Steve Inserra
Personal Protective Technology Viji Potula
Prevention Through Design Linda Frederick
Radiation Dose Evaluation Steve Inserra
Respiratory Diseases Steve Inserra
Small Business Assistance and Outreach Viji Potula
Surveillance Steve Inserra
Total Worker Health (formerly WorkLife) Adele Childress
Training Grants Allen Robison
Traumatic Injury Linda Frederick
Work Organization & Stress-Related Disorders Viji Potula