Cheryl A. Kitt, Ph.D.

Senior Science Advisor

Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)

Office of Extramural Research (OER), NIH

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Dr. Cheryl Kitt is Senior Scientific Advisor in the Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration at the National Institutes of Health.

She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Biopsychology from the University of Maryland at College Park and received post-doctoral training in neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and focused her research on the neurobiology of neurodegenerative disorders. She later joined the faculty of Hopkins’ Division of Neuropathology, Department of Pathology, where she studied neural systems affected in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and pediatric neurological disorders.

Dr. Kitt began her career at NIH as Program Director for research in pain, neuroendocrinology, neurotoxicology, sleep, circadian rhythms, and women’s health research at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, where she also served as scientific and administrative team leader for the Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience Cluster. She then served at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases as Director of Extramural Program, providing scientific and management oversight for the program, grants management, contracts management, and review branches and most recently served as the Deputy Director of the Center for Scientific Review.

In her scientific career, Dr. Kitt has authored more than 150 research articles and book chapters for publications such as Science, Nature, Brain Research, and Neuroscience. She has delivered numerous lectures and presentations on neurodegenerative disorders, exploring the brain and NIH peer review for the public at regional and national universities, at the NIH and on National Public Radio.


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