About 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

NIOSH established the Office of Extramural Programs (OEP) to facilitate stewardship for, and management of, extramural grants and cooperative agreements. OEP is located within the NIOSH Office of the Director. Extramural research and training portfolio areas are aligned with the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). The OEP staff provide leadership for, and management of, peer review and program portfolio areas as outlined below. To contact any of the OEP staff, please click on their name.

Office of Extramural Programs

Director of OEP – Dawn N. Castillo, MPH

Program Analysis/Translation Coordination

Public Health Analyst – Stephanie Shack
Program Analyst – Angela S. Russell, CPM
Program Specialist – Vacant
Management, Program Analysis, and Decision Support – Peter Grandillo, MBA, CGMS, GMC
Management & Program Analyst – Mary Pat Shanahan
Associate Service Fellow Communication Specialist – Vacant
Program Operations Assistant – Vacant

Research and Training Program Administration:

Program Team Lead – Steve Dearwent, PhD, Captain USPHS
Scientific Program Official – Sharon Chiou, PhD
Scientific Program Official – Bridgette Garrett, PhD
Scientific Program Official – Maria Lioce, MD
Scientific Program Official – Elizabeth H. Maples, PhD
Scientific Program Official – Vacant
Scientific Program Official – James Yiin, PhD (World Trade Center Health Program)
Scientific Program Official – Marcienne (Marci) Wright PhD LCDR USPHS

Scientific Review Administration:

Review Team Lead (Acting) – Michael Goldcamp, PhD
Scientific Review Officer – Marilyn Ridenour, BSN, MBA, MPH, Captain USPHS
Scientific Review Officer (Contractor) – Price Connor, PhD , CTR
Scientific Review Officer – Laurel Garrison, MPH
Scientific Review Officer – Dan Hartley, EdD

Committee Management Specialist – Joanne Fairbanks
Program Specialist – Melinda Sinkule, M.Ed.

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.

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Sector Programs and Officials
Research Program Portfolio Areas Extramural Program Official
Sector Portfolio
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing Steve Dearwent
Construction Sharon Chiou
Healthcare & Social Assistance Maria Lioce
Manufacturing Bridgette Garrett
Mining Maria Lioce
Oil & Gas Extraction Maria Lioce
Public Safety Elizabeth Maples
Services Marci Wright
Transportation, Warehousing & Utilites Marci Wright
Wholesale & Retail Trade Bridgette Garrett
Cross-Sector Portfolio
Cancer, Reproductive, Cardiovascular Disease Bridgette Garrett
Hearing Loss Prevention Bridgette Garrett
Immune, Infectious and Dermal Disease Prevention Marci Wright
Musculoskeletal Health Sharon Chiou
Respiratory Health Bridgette Garrett
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 Elizabeth Maples
Engineering Controls Marci Wright
Exposure Assessment Bridgette Garrett
Health Hazard Evaluations Elizabeth Maples
Maritime Safety & Health Studies Bridgette Garrett
Motor Vehicle Safety Maria Lioce
Nanotechnology Steve Dearwent
Occupational Health Equity Bridgette Garrett
Personal Protective Technologies Sharon Chiou
Prevention through Design Sharon Chiou
Productive Aging and Work Maria Lioce
Robotics Sharon Chiou
Safe • Skilled • Ready Workforce Maria Lioce
Small Business Assistance Steve Dearwent
Surveillance Marci Wright
Translation Research Bridgette Garrett
Work & Fatigue Research Sharon Chiou
Worker’s Compensation Studies Marci Wright