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Susan A. Daniels, Ph.D.

Susan A. Daniels, Ph.D. has been appointed because the HHS Nationwide Autism Coordinator and Director of the Workplace of Nationwide Autism Coordination (ONAC). On this place, Dr. Daniels will play an important function in guaranteeing the implementation of nationwide autism analysis, companies, and assist actions throughout federal businesses. This function will complement Dr. Daniels’s persevering with work because the Govt Secretary of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), a federal advisory committee composed of federal officers and public members that focuses on gathering public enter, coordinating federal autism actions, and offering recommendation to the HHS Secretary on points associated to autism. Dr. Daniels will report back to the NIMH Director and assist each the actions of the ONAC and the IACC.

Dr. Daniels has served because the Appearing Nationwide Autism Coordinator since 2021, the Director of the NIMH Workplace of Autism Analysis Coordination (OARC) since 2014, and the Appearing Director and Deputy Director of OARC between 2008 and 2014. Throughout this era, Dr. Daniels oversaw IACC actions because the committee produced its first strategic plan in 2009 and subsequent iterations, and developed analyses, experiences, recommendation, and proposals to information HHS and different federal departments and businesses on points associated to autism.

Previous to working at NIMH, Dr. Daniels labored in coverage and program administration associated to neurodegenerative ailments and infectious ailments at two different NIH institutes, the Nationwide Institute of Neurological Issues and Stroke (NINDS) and the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Illnesses (NIAID). Earlier than coming to NIH, Dr. Daniels was a Christine Mirzayan Science and Know-how Coverage Fellow and guide on the Nationwide Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medication. She acquired her Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from Brandeis College, the place she performed analysis on the perform of the sensory nervous system, and holds a bachelor’s diploma in biology and French from Wheaton School in Wheaton, Illinois.


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