August 2014: Dr. Georgina Peacock Named Acting Director, NCBDDD’s Division of Human Disabilities and Development

Dr. Georgina PeacockPlease join NCBDDD in welcoming Dr. Georgina Peacock as the acting director of the Division of Human Development and Disability. Dr. Peacock will be joining the division August 24 serving in a 120 day detail while we continue our efforts to recruit and hire a permanent director.

Dr. Peacock is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician and a Medical Officer with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She currently leads the Children’s Preparedness Team, working with CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR). The Children’s Preparedness Team is an initiative to enhance CDC’s public health disaster preparedness and response for children. She also represents CDC on a number of federal and national committees including the HHS Pediatric/Obstetric Integrated Program Team, the HHS CHILD Working Group, and the American Academy of Pediatrics Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council.

During the 2009-2010 influenza pandemic, Dr. Peacock co-led CDC’s H1N1 Children’s Health team. In this capacity, she worked with key pediatric partners to ensure children issues were considered. She has continued to work and publish on influenza, particularly with regards to children with neurologic conditions and other special health care needs.

Her first years at CDC were spent working on the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” This program focuses on increasing early identification of children with autism and other disabilities. She served as the CDC lead on the development of the Autism Case Training (ACT) curriculum which teaches doctors about identification, diagnosis and treatment of autism.

Dr. Peacock continues to see patients in a developmental clinic at the Good Samaritan Health Center and is an adjunct professor with the Georgia State Center for Leadership in Disability and Georgia State LEND program.

Dr. Peacock completed her Bachelors of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology and German at the University of Michigan. Dr. Peacock received her Doctor of Medicine and Masters in Public Health from University of Kansas. She completed her Pediatrics Residency and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship at Developmental Disabilities Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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