We are pleased to announce that Dr. Nicole Dowling has been named Chief, Developmental Disabilities Branch in the Division of Congenital and Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Dowling has served as acting DDB chief since July of 2015. Prior to her current position, she was the Division’s Associate Director for Science.
Dr. Dowling began her career at CDC in 2000 as an epidemiologist in the Hematologic Diseases Branch in the National Center of Infectious Diseases, which later became the Division of Blood Disorders at NCBDDD. She has also worked in the Office of Public Health Genomics at CDC.
Dr. Dowling received her Ph.D. in epidemiology from Emory University and her BA degree from Harvard.
The Developmental Disabilities Branch is home to the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, considered by many to be the “gold standard” for estimating the number of children with ASD and other developmental disabilities living in different areas of the United States. The branch also leads the Study to Explore Early Development (SEED) – currently the largest study in the United States to help identify risk factors that may put children at risk for ASD and other developmental disabilities.
“I am honored to lead DDB’s strong, energetic team of scientists,” said Dr. Dowling. “I am also very excited to continue to work with our wonderful partners who are invaluable in helping us expand our knowledge about the prevalence of and risk factors for autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities.”