Key Staff

The National Center for Health Research is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research, education and advocacy organization that promotes the health and safety of adults and children. The key staff of the National Center for Health Research also manage the Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund.

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Diana Zuckerman, Ph.D., President

Diana Zuckerman received her Ph.D. in psychology from Ohio State University and was a post-doctoral fellow in epidemiology and public health at Yale Medical School. She started her career on the faculty of Vassar College and then directed a research project on children as a faculty member at Yale University.

After a post-doctoral fellowship in epidemiology and public health at Yale Medical School, she went to Harvard to direct a groundbreaking research study of college students. Dr. Zuckerman left her academic career in 1983, to come to Washington, D.C. as a Congressional Science Fellow in the program run by the American Association of the Advancement of Science. After spending the year as a staff member in the House of Representatives, she spent the next ten years working as a Congressional staffer in the House and Senate, and at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, working to improve federal health programs and policies for adults and children. She initiated highly influential Congressional hearings on a wide range of health issues, including cancer prevention and treatment and the safety of medical products.

In 1995, Dr. Zuckerman served as a senior policy advisor in the White House, working for First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Since 1996, she has served in leadership positions at nonprofit organizations, and has been in her current position since 1999.

In addition, Dr. Zuckerman was a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics until the Center recently closed. She is currently on the Board of Directors of two nonprofit organizations, the Congressionally mandated Reagan Udall Foundation and the Alliance for a Stronger FDA. She was previously the chair of the Women’s Health Promotion Council appointed by the Governor of Maryland.

Dr. Zuckerman is the author of five books, several book chapters, and dozens of articles in medical and academic journals, and in newspapers across the country. Her policy work has resulted in news coverage on all the major TV networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News, public television, 60 Minutes, 20/20, National Public Radio, and in major U.S. print media such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, USA Today, Detroit Free Press, New York Daily News, Newsweek, Time, U.S. News and World Report, Family Circle, New Yorker, Glamour, Self, as well as many other newspapers, magazines, and radio programs.

She is the proud mother of two children, ages 21 and 25.  Dr. Diana Zuckerman can be reached at dz@center4research.org.

 

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Paul Brown, Government Relations Manager

Paul Brown educates federal and state lawmakers and their staffs about health and medical issues that affect adults and children. He also monitors the activities of the Food and Drug Administration and other federal health agencies whose work is designed to protect the public health. He leverages NRC for Women & Families’ influence through his effective outreach to other nonprofit organizations and by helping organize the legislative efforts of the Patient and Consumer Coalition.

Prior to joining NRC for Women & Families, Mr. Brown had 13 years of advocacy experience, as a consumer health care advocate with US PIRG and as the Southern Nevada Director of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN).

In his previous work, Mr. Brown has authored or co-authored numerous reports on issues such as prescription drug prices, campaign finance reform, economic contributions of immigrants, and state taxes. He has been frequently quoted in the media and has published numerous op-eds and letters to the editor.

A graduate of the University of Iowa, Mr. Brown is married to Lori Lipman Brown, a former Nevada State Senator. Mr. Brown ran his wife’s successful grassroots State Senate campaign in 1992, spending less than $2,000 to win the primary campaign.

He can be reached at pb@center4research.org.

 

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Brandel France de Bravo, MPH, Director of Communications

Brandel France de Bravo is editor of our newsletter, The Voice, and is responsible for publications, media/ public relations and translating scientific findings into clear, easy-to-digest information that families, health professionals, and policy makers can use.

Ms. France de Bravo holds a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University and is a graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers. She has two decades of experience in international and U.S. health programs, primarily in HIV/AIDS prevention, reproductive and maternal/child health, and harm reduction for drug users. As a social marketer and behavior change expert, she has designed, conducted and analyzed both quantitative and qualitative research, as well as developed health education campaigns using a variety of media.

Ms. France de Bravo is an author of three books and has given workshops and classes to families with young children in the Washington, D.C. area for over six years, and has served on the Early Childhood faculty at the Washington Waldorf School. Her writing and editing skills have earned her prizes and fellowships, including a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Prior to her current position, Ms. France de Bravo consulted for such organizations as USAID, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the Open Society Institute and Population Services International. While English is her first language, she is comfortable working in Spanish and French.

Ms. France de Bravo can be reached at bfb@center4research.org.

 

maura-pic11Maura Duffy, Research and Administrative Assistant

Maura Duffy is the Research and Administrative Assistant, assisting with research, writing, data preparation and organizational tasks. Maura manages the online health hotline, using her science and pre-med background to translate complex medical jargon into information people can readily use, and to help bridge the communication gap between physicians, scientists, and the general public.  She also helps us use research and data analysis to inform health policy.

Maura graduated from Georgetown University in May 2011, with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, a minor in Chemistry, and a concentration in pre-medicine. While at Georgetown, Maura worked as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic for Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service, a student-run volunteer ambulance service. Maura responded to hundreds of emergency medical calls in the District of Columbia, providing rapid treatment and transport to critically ill and injured patients.

Ms. Duffy can be reached at md@center4research.org.

 

photo (1)Sara Exler, Research and Administrative Assistant

Sara Exler is the Research and Administrative Assistant, responsible for gathering research information, writing, data preparation and organizational tasks. In her work with the NRC, Sara uses her research skills, experience writing for a public audience, and passion for cause-driven work. Prior to NRC, Sara held advocacy positions in the nonprofit sector and in sustainable consumer education.

Sara graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore County in May 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a minor in Sociology. While at UMBC, Sara’s research focused on the intersection of women and consumer culture, minority studies, and rural populations.

Sara can be reached at se@center4research.org

 

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Anna Mazzucco, Ph.D., Scientific Advisor

Anna Mazzucco is the Scientific Advisor, focusing on emerging topics in cancer biology with public health implications such as risk factors, prevention strategies, and novel therapeutic approaches.  She also enjoys bringing a biological perspective to other related health areas such as autoimmune and metabolic diseases and aging.  Prior to coming to NRC, she conducted postdoctoral research on lymphoid cancers and inflammatory signaling at the National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Mazzucco received her Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School in Cell and Developmental biology, where her work focused on molecular quality control mechanisms which determine the balance between cancer initiation and aging.  She completed her B.S. at University of Maryland, College Park in Cell and Molecular Biology and Genetics.  She can be reached at am@center4research.org.

 

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Laurén A. Doamekpor, Ph.D., Senior Fellow

Laurén Doamekpor is a senior fellow, focusing on social determinants and behavioral risks affecting the public’s health. Laurén’s research interests center on the social, cultural determinants of health and the underlying biological reasons behind disparities in health. Prior to joining the NRC, Laurén worked at the University of Maryland, College Park where she taught an undergraduate course on research methods and conducted research related to race/ethnic disparities in birth outcomes, cardiovascular risk, and biomarkers of stress. Earlier this year, she was selected as a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Millennial Health Summit, for graduate students recognized as leaders who will have the opportunity to significantly address health disparities in the U.S.

Laurén received her B.A. in Biology from Brandeis University and her M.P.H in Maternal and Child health from The George Washington University. She received her Ph.D. in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Maryland in Spring, 2014. Her research focused on understanding the relationship between cultural identity, stress and health among Black immigrant women. She can be reached at ld@center4research.org.

 

Mishka Terplan, MD MPH, Medical Advisor

Mishka serves as our Medical Advisor, using his epidemiology and medical training to inform our work. He is focused on the comparative safety of contraceptive methods and associated regulatory issues, as well as medical devices unique to women’s health.

Mishka is a practicing physician who holds board certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology and also in Addiction Medicine. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco and completed his residency at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles County Hospital. He completed a Training in Epidemiology and Clinical Trials Fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and is currently on faculty at the University of Maryland.

 

kristinKristin Olson, Race Coordinator

Kristin Olson is the Race Coordinator, organizing and managing the Cancer Prevention and Treatment 5K Run/Walk that will be held in Washington, DC on September 22, 2013. Kristin is responsible for getting the word out about the event, explaining how anyone can run or walk in honor of cancer survivors or in memory of loved ones lost to cancer. She develops and maintains relationships with the teams and with sponsors, implementing new strategies that will build the race and make it a memorable and inspiring experience again this year. All funds raised by the 5k support our cancer hotline and other work of the Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund, the largest program of the National Research Center for Women & Families.

Kristin graduated from Ithaca College in May 2011, with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics. While at Ithaca College, Kristin worked with the American Red Cross Homeless Shelter. She first worked on the 5k as an intern in 2012, and was promoted to Race Coordinator. After the race, she will focus on a career in social work that enables her to apply the communication skills she’s developed working with people in underserved communities.

 

In Memoriam

Gwendolyn Lewis, a former sociology professor with important positions in the National Research Council, National Science Foundation, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, was a professional photographer who volunteered her time as our photographer since our founding in 1999 until she died from cancer in 2012.

As our photographer and friend, Gwen is responsible for the many memorable color photographs of the exceptional women who received our Foremother awards, as well as capturing many other important people and moments through the years.  As an artist, however, she specialized in black-and-white photography, with an emphasis on architectural subjects. Her work was exhibited in more than 100 shows in the Washington area and won many awards.