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NIOSH Office of Extramural Programs (OEP)

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.

Office of Extramural Programs (404)-498-2530

Associate Director for Research Integration and Extramural Performance – Sarah A. Felknor, MS, DrPH
Director of OEP – W. Allen Robison, Ph.D.
Management & Program Analyst – Regina Emerson, MBA
Program Operations Assistant – Vacant

Program Analysis/Translation Coordination

Public Health Analyst – Stephanie Shack
Program Analyst – Antwana Phillips, MPA
Program Specialist – Vacant
Program Analyst – Peter Grandillo, MBA, CGMS, GMC

Research and Training Program Administration:

Program Team Lead – Steve Inserra, MPH, Captain USPHS
Associate Director for Science – Viji Potula, PhD
Scientific Program Official – Steve Dearwent, PhD, 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:

Review Team Lead – Nina Turner, PhD
Scientific Review Official – Vacant
Scientific Review Official – Michael Goldcamp, PhD (Detail)
Scientific Review Official – 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 Research & Training 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
Sector Portfolio
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing Steve Dearwent
Construction Sharon Chiou
Healthcare & Social Assistance Maria Lioce
Manufacturing Joan Karr
Mining Maria Lioce
Oil & Gas Extraction Maria Lioce
Public Safety Steve Inserra
Services Joan Karr
Wholesale & Retail Trade Maria Lioce
Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities Steve Inserra
Cross-Sector Portfolio
Cancer, Reproductive, Cardiovascular Disease Joan Karr
Hearing Loss Prevention Viji Potula
Immune, Infectious and Dermal Disease Prevention Maria Lioce
Musculoskeletal Health Sharon Chiou
Respiratory Health Steve Dearwent
Traumatic Injury Prevention Sharon Chiou
Healthy Work Design and Well-Being Maria Lioce
Core & Specialty Programs
Authoritative Recommendations Allen Robison
Direct Reading & Sensor Technologies Steve Dearwent
Emergency Preparedness & Response Steve Inserra
Engineering Controls Joan Karr
Exposure Assessment Steve Dearwent
Health Hazard Evaluations Joan Karr
Maritime Safety & Health Studies Steve Dearwent
Motor Vehicle Safety Joan Karr
Nanotechnology Steve Dearwent
Occupational Health Equity Joan Karr
Productive Aging and Work Maria Lioce
Personal Protective Technologies Sharon Chiou
Prevention through Design Joan Karr
Safe • Skilled • Ready Workforce Elizabeth Maples
Small Business Assistance Steve Dearwent
Surveillance Steve Inserra
Translation Research Viji Potula
Worker’s Compensation Studies Steve Inserra
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