Dr. Mills received her undergraduate degree in human biology from Brown University. She matriculated at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine and completed a Preventive Medicine Residency and a Master’s degree in Public Health in epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health. She completed post graduate training as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer at the CDC. There at the Office on Smoking and Health, she began her career as a medical epidemiologist. In 1991, Dr. Mills joined the National Cancer Institute in the now Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences where she held several extramural program leadership roles. In 2000, Dr. Mills left federal service and joined Abt Associates, a Cambridge-based consulting firm, as the Managing Vice President for Public Health Applications and Research. In 2005, Dr. Mills rejoined the NIH in the Office of Extramural Research (OER) as the senior advisor to the Deputy Director of OER. In 2009 she was named Director, Office of Extramural Programs (OEP) in OER. She has been recognized with many awards both within government and the private sector for her outstanding contributions to public health interventions, public health policy, mentorship and outreach. Currently, Dr. Mills is the also the acting director, Division of Loan Repayment, OER.