Office of Research on Women's Health


Program Descriptions and Contact Information

The Office of Research on Women’s Health, along with nine NIH Institutes and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, supports twelve new programs, listed below, for developing faculty Scholars in interdisciplinary women’s health research. Sites recruit their own Scholars. For specific information, contact the Program Director listed.

Alabama | California | Connecticut | Kentucky | Michigan |
Missouri | New Jersey | North Carolina | Texas | Virginia


University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama
Positions: 5
Contact: John Hauth, M.D.

A major emphasis of the program at Birmingham will be the health problems more common in minority and disadvantaged women. Mentors who work on health disparities were preferentially chosen for the program, and scholar candidates with an interest in disadvantaged populations will be particularly sought. Limited-experience and advanced tracks feature individualized curricula. Among a total of 24 mentors, seven from obstetrics-gynecology form a subgroup of reproductive health, with 17 others from a diverse group of 11 different departments.



University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
Positions: 4
Contact: Gautam Chaudhuri, M.D., Ph.D.

UCLA proposes a highly interactive program involving 32 mentors, representing a mix of basic and clinical research. Areas of interest include developmental biology, molecular genetics, cell biology, behavioral sciences, cardiovascular sciences, cancer, clinical pharmacology, translational and clinical investigation, and health services research. The overall program comprises three phases, with entry depending on the experience level and needs of each Scholar.

University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California
Positions: 4
Contact: PD: Deborah Grady M.D.

UCSF and the Northern California Kaiser Division of Research here join forces to focus a program on chronic diseases of women. A core curriculum and tailored course work may be applied toward an advanced degree. Twelve senior mentors plus resource faculty offer a research experience in seven disease areas: cardiovascular, breast cancer, skeletal health, neuropsychiatric disorders, substance abuse, urinary incontinence, and HIV. There are also five cross-cutting research areas: sex hormones, women's imaging, complementary and alternative medicine, health services research, and aging.



University of Connecticut Health Center
Farmington, Connecticut
Positions: 5
Contact: Judith Fifield, MD

Twenty-one women's health investigators now scattered across three campuses of the University, including allied health professionals, join as mentors at this site. Areas of research are bone and skeletal biology, addictions and mental health, reproductive health and sexually transmitted diseases, and gender roles. Basic, clinical, and sociobehavioral approaches will be applied in all these areas. Curriculum and plans will be individualized within three tracks: Experienced investigator, Limited research experience, and Degree (MPH or Master’s of Dental Sciences).

Yale University
New Haven, CT
Positions: 5
Contact: Bruce Rounsaville, M.D.

The Yale program will center on women’s health and substance abuse, with twenty-five mentors from a broad array of basic, clinical and social science disciplines. Areas include the etiology of drug and alcohol abuse in women; the development of new sex-specific treatments; behavioral interventions for drug-abusing mothers and their children; sex differences in drug abuse consequences, course and co-morbidity, particularly stress and depression; and translation of research findings into practice. Clinical scholars will have an option of complementing their research with training in substance abuse treatment sites



University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Positions: 6
Contact: Claire Pomeroy, M.D.

The University of Kentucky presents a program organized around three major themes: regulation of the menopause and its repercussions for women’s health, nutrition-related illnesses and their impact on women, and drug abuse and its relationship to gender (including AIDS/HIV). A didactic phase will be tailored to the background and interest of the Scholar. There are 18 mentors whose areas of research include cardiovascular, bone, infectious disease, alcoholic liver disease, brain and aging.



University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Positions: 4
Contact: Timothy R. B. Johnson, M.D.

With a focus on gender differences across the lifespan, twenty mentors at the University of Michigan Medical Center offer research experiences in four target areas: pelvic floor/urology/gynecology (uniting obstetrics-gynecology, urology and nursing research); health services research; reproductive science and women’s medicine (including toxicology); and biobehavioral and aging research, especially depression. A Women's Academic Leadership Plan is available as part of a Scholar’s individualized career plan.



Washington University
St. Louis, Missouri
Positions: 5
Contact: Clay Semenkovich, MD

Twenty-five mentors provide a newly integrated focus on women’s health research across eight focus areas: autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease, complications of pregnancy; diabetes, obesity and metabolism; osteoporosis, infectious disease, and cancer. Two tracks will serve scholars with substantial or limited prior research experience. Those with limited experience who are pursuing patient-oriented research will enter the MS in Clinical Investigation Program.


New Jersey

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Newark, New Jersey
Positions: 4
Contact: Laura T Goldsmith, Ph.D.

The UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School site proposes a strong focus on minority and disadvantaged populations of women. Fourteen mentors offer a research experience on the areas of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, infectious disease, aging, and reproduction and development. Career development includes a core curriculum plus individualized course work, and Scholars have the option of working toward a Ph.D. or MPH.


North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Positions: 5
Contact: Bruce Lessey, M.D., Ph.D.

The University of North Carolina has organized its program around three central themes: biomarkers of therapeutics, prevention and intervention, and health issues of the mature woman. Thirty-six mentors will cover a broad array of topics including cancer, pharmacology, cell biology, nutrition, sexually transmitted diseases, complications of pregnancy, substance abuse, contraception, environment and health, domestic violence, gastroenterology, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and the pelvic floor. Prevention and outcomes research are also featured. Two tracks are available, depending on experience level, and Scholars may work toward an advanced degree.



Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas
Positions: 4
Contact: Haleh Sangi-Haghpeykar, Ph.D.

The Baylor program offers two tracks, molecular/clinical and clinical/health services/population research. Under this framework, 26 mentors from departments of Medicine, Obstetrics-Gynecology, Rehabilitation, Ethics, Molecular Medicine, and Health Services Research will collaborate to offer an intensive research experience, with a strong focus on molecular and human genetics and cell biology. Where appropriate, Scholars will work toward a Master's degree, e.g. in Public Health. Continuing guidance will be provided to Scholars after completing the program.


Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia
Positions: 5
Contact: Mary Nettleman, M.D.

The VCU site centers on forming a focus of women's health research in five areas: substance abuse, psychiatric genetics, reproductive health, cancer, and diseases associated with aging. Through these areas run themes of basic, clinical, behavioral, epidemiological, and health services research. Individualized course work will prepare Scholars for their research experience. The faculty consists of 25 mentors, including a Core Mentor for each of the areas.



Valid XHTML 1.0!
Valid CSS!