Blythe Ryerson, PhD
Acting Director, Division of Human Development and Disability

Blythe Ryerson, PhD

Dr. Blythe Ryerson is currently the Acting Director for the Division of Human Development and Disability (DHDD) in the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at CDC. In this role, Dr. Ryerson oversees the strategic direction of inclusive programs, surveillance, and research to improve the health and development of children and adults with, or at risk for, disabilities.

Prior to her role as Acting Director, Dr. Ryerson served as the Associate Director for Science within DHDD. She was the principal advisor on scientific matters for research papers, congressional inquiries, and other relevant scientific reports. In addition, she previously served as the Director for Science in the Division of Viral Hepatitis in the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, and as a lead epidemiologist for chronic disease efforts at CDC where she directed the National Program of Cancer Registries.

Dr. Ryerson was also a co-lead on the COVID-19 Pandemic Response for vaccinating critical populations, has published in nearly 70 publications, and received numerous awards in recognition of her scientific work. She has a Master of Public Health and a Doctorate in Epidemiology from Emory University and currently lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and two children.