Dr. Meredith Temple-O’Connor is Senior Policy Advisor for Clinical Research at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Immediately prior to that, she was Senior Scientific Advisor to the NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research (OER) where she represented the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) and the NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research on several extramural research efforts. Prior to joining NICHD, she was instrumental in the development and implementation of clinical trials reforms and how age is considered as an inclusion criterion in clinical research. Dr. Temple-O’Connor joined OER in 2011 as the NIH Inclusion Policy Officer. In this position, she led NIH’s extensive efforts to re-engineer the policies and procedures for ensuring the inclusion of women, minorities, children, and other populations in clinical research including design of a new electronic research administration (eRA) data system. She also led NIH’s response to recommendations from the Institute of Medicine report on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) health. Dr. Temple-O’Connor received her undergraduate degree in psychology and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biopsychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She conducted postdoctoral work in neuroscience at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Georgetown University Medical Center prior to joining the NIH in 2000. Her research focus was on cellular and behavioral changes following traumatic brain injury.
She began her NIH career at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and then moved to the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) to help establish extramural policies for the then new Institute. While at NIBIB, she also served as the Acting Director of the Division of Interdisciplinary Training. She then joined the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) in 2005, first as a Scientific Review Officer and then as Special Assistant to the Director, managing the NIGMS Diversity Supplements Program and other special projects. Dr. Temple- O’Connor is a highly trained and skilled leader at NIH. She has served on or chaired more than 30 committees, including numerous trans-NIH and Institute/Center committees and working groups addressing different issues related to extramural research and policy as well as extramural program, policies, procedures, and electronic data system integration.