NCBDDD Leadership Bios

Coleen A. Boyle, PhD, MSHyg

Coleen BoyleColeen Boyle serves as Director of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at CDC. Dr. Boyle joined NCBDDD’s Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities in 1988, first as Section Chief and later as Branch Chief and Division Director. In 2001, Dr. Boyle was named the Associate Director for Science and Public Health for CDC’s newly created National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). In October 2004, she was appointed the Director of the Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.
Before joining CDC in 1984 to work on the Agent Orange studies, Dr. Boyle was a faculty member in epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts, Program in Public Health. As part of the Agent Orange staff, Dr. Boyle served as the principal investigator for the Vietnam Experience mortality studies and as senior epidemiologist for a large, multi-centered cancer case-control study. She is the recipient of the CDC Charles C. Shepard Award for scientific excellence in 1997 and 2004 and has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed and other scientific publications.

Stephanie Dulin, MBA

Stephanie DulinStephanie serves as the Deputy Director in NCBDDD. Prior to coming to NCBDDD, Stephanie was the chief of the Community Resilience Activity Team, in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPRPH), CDC. Stephanie also worked as the Program Preparedness Branch (PPB) chief while in OPHPR. The branch was responsible for the development of guidance, tools and the provision of Strategic National Stockpile technical assistance to the 62 Cooperative Agreement-funded awardees participating in the Cities Readiness Initiative. Stephanie has had a combined 25 years of public health experience at the local, state, and federal levels of government.

Lisa Richardson, MD, MPH

Lisa RichardsonLisa Richardson is the Director of the Division of Blood Disorders. Dr. Richardson most recently served as the Associate Director of Science in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at CDC. She oversaw the research and scientific content of programs and products including the only organized screening program for low-income uninsured women in the United States. She also continues to provide clinical services to patients at the Atlanta Veteran’s Administration Medical Center. Dr. Richardson is board certified in hematology/oncology, a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

Gloria Krahn, PhD, MPH

Gloria KrahnGloria Krahn is the Director of the Division of Human Development and Disability at NCBDDD. She joined the CDC after 25 years as an academic clinician, researcher, teacher and administrator. Her early work in child development was followed by an interest in disabilities and development across the lifespan. Dr. Krahn is widely regarded as a national and international expert in the field of disability and public health. Dr. Krahn is the author of numerous publications related to disability and child development, and she is the co-editor of the first major textbook on Disability and Public Health.

Cynthia moore, MD, PhD

Cynthia MooreCynthia Moore is the Director of the Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at NCBDDD. Dr. Moore is a pediatrician and clinical geneticist. Much of her 21-year career at CDC has been in the area of birth defects and genetic disease epidemiology and her activities have focused on mechanisms of morphogenesis, classification of birth defects and genetic syndromes, prevention strategies for exposure to teratogens, and genetic and environmental risk factors for birth defects. Dr. Moore continues to practice clinical genetics as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Human Genetics at Emory University School of Medicine.

Betsy Mitchell, PhD, MA

Betsy MitchellBetsy serves as the Associate Director for Communication Science in NCBDDD. Prior to this role, Betsy served as a senior health communication specialist in the Prevention Research Branch in NCBDDD. Her areas of expertise include message development, communication and social marketing campaigns and evaluation. Prior to joining CDC in 2005, Dr. Mitchell was a communication consultant and adjunct faculty member in the Department of Communication Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, Campbell University. While at CDC, Betsy has co-authored articles on research to inform emergency communication to include H1N1 influenza, hurricanes, radiologic, biologic and chemical terrorism as well as on maternal health topics such as preconception health.

Vicki Kipreos, PMP

Vicky KipreosVicki Kipreos is the Management Officer at NCBDDD. Prior to joining NCBDDD, she served as Deputy Director for CDC’s Information Technology Services Office (ITSO). In this position, she served as principal advisor to the ITSO Director in issues concerning IT infrastructure, organizational business efficiencies, innovation activities, goals management, financial management, and planning activities. Vicki joined CDC in 2002 as a Lead IT Specialist. She served as project manager for multiple projects. In 2005, she became the Senior Program Activities Lead for ITSO. Prior to joining CDC, Ms. Kipreos worked in the private sector in IT consulting and management.

Salvatore J. Lucido, JD, MPA

Salvatore LucidoSal Lucido is the Associate Director for Policy, Planning and Evaluation for NCBDDD. Prior to joining NCBDDD, Sal served as a Senior Policy Analyst in the Division for Issues Management and Executive Secretariat. In this position, Sal worked directly with senior leadership on a wide variety of public health issues including quarantine, environmental health, and emergency response. Sal began his career at CDC in 1991 as a Presidential Management Intern. In 1995, Sal joined CDC’s National Center on Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and consulted on a variety of issues including cancer screening, infant health, and aging.

Stuart Shapira, MD, PhD

Stuart ShapiraStuart K. Shapira is the Chief Medical Officer and Associate Director for Science for NCBDDD. Prior to this role, Stuart served as a medical officer on the Pediatric Genetics Team in NCBDDD. His research activities included birth defects epidemiology, dysmorphology of autism, gene and nutritional interactions for adverse reproductive outcomes, and newborn screening. Dr. Shapira practiced clinical and metabolic genetics at Baylor College of Medicine and at the University of Texas Health Science Center, before joining the NCBDDD in 2005. Dr. Shapira has authored and co-authored more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and abstracts.

Melody Stevens, MA

Melody Stevens is the Deputy Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships at NCBDDD. Melody joined NCBDDD in 2004 and served initially as the Community Liaison to the NCBDDD’s Developmental Disabilities Branch within the Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. In 2007, she began leading policy work for the Branch, working closely with local, state and national partners in the areas of autism and cerebral palsy.

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