Research Advisory Council

The DRDC’s Research Advisory Council (RAC) includes academic experts in the fields of disability research, maternal and child health, birth defects research, and blood disorders.   We are pleased to have eight returning and eight new members for the 2nd 5-year grant period, which began in 2017.  In addition to advising the DRDC team, based on their content expertise, each year a subset of the RAC serves on the annual Triage Panels in their review of applications that are submitted to for new funding opportunities. These esteemed individuals are comprised of professionals from universities, academic medical centers, research enterprises, and organizations representing and serving people with disabilities, as well as advocates and consumers, all of whom represent work that is aligned with NCBDDD priorities.  They represent the fields of rehabilitation medicine, genetics and epigenetics, pediatrics, preventive medicine, epidemiology, statistics, public health, health services research, disability research, research translation and content experts in ID/DD, ASD, other child or adult onset disabilities.

Rahn Bailey, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Winston Salem, NC

Jose F. Cordero, MD, MPH
Patel Distinguished Professor of Public Health
Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
College of Public Health
University of Georgia
Athens, GA

M. Daniele Fallin, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Mental Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Director, Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities
Baltimore, MD

Naomi Lynn Gerber, MD
Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pediatrics and PHPM
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

Ian D. Graham, PhD FCAHS FNYAM
Professor, School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine
and School of Nursing
University of Ottawa
and Senior Scientist
Centre for Practice-Changing Research
Ottowa Hospital Research Institute
Ottowa, Ontario CANADA

Amy Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor of PM&R and Pediatrics
University of Pittsburgh
School of Medicine
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Lisa I. Iezzoni, MD, MSc
Harvard Medical School
Professor of Medicine
Morgan Institute for Health Policy
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Andrew Imparato, JD
Executive Director
Association of University Centers on Disability
Silver Spring, MD

Jae Kennedy, PhD
Professor and Department Chair
Health and Policy Administration
Washington State University
Spokane, WA

K. Charlie Lakin, PhD
Retired, University of Minnesota Researcher
Retired, HHS NIDILRR Director
Minneapolis, MN MD

Joshua Mann, MD MPH
Professor and Chair
Department of Preventive Medicine
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jackson, MS

Michael McKee, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Nancy R. Mudrick, Ph.D
Syracuse University
Professor, School of Social Work
David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
Syracuse, New York

Jim Rimmer, PhD
Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair
Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences
School of Health Professions
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, A

Roger E. Stevenson, MD
Senior Clinical Geneticist
Greenwood Genetic Center
JC Self Research Institute of Human Genetics
Greenwood, South Carolina

Glen W. White, Ph.D
Director, RTC/IL
Professor, Applied Behavioral Sciences
Joint Appointment, KU Medical Center
Department of Preventive Medicine
Dole Center
Lawrence, KS

Nedra Whitehead, PhD, MS, CGC
Director, Center for Genomics in Public Health and Medicine
Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Environmental Health Sciences
RTI International
Atlanta, GA