Regina James

Dr. Regina James

Director of the Office of Health Equity


Regina Smith James, M.D., is the Director of the Office of Health Equity at theEunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development at the National Institutes of Health, USA. In this capacity, Dr. James is responsible for informing the public about issues related to differences in maternal and child health outcomes and health equity; and developing initiatives that increase participation of diverse populations and developing nations in biomedical and behavioral research endeavors. Dr. James received her B.S. in psychology/biology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and her M.D. from UCLA. Dr. James completed a residency in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She completed a research fellowship in child psychiatry at the Child Psychiatry Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Prior to her appointment at the NICHD, Dr. James served as the chief of the Mood Disorders Program, Attention Disorders Program and Pediatric Eating Disorders Program at the NIMH. Dr. James is a member of the American Psychiatric Association Workgroup on Disorders in Childhood & Adolescence, charged with revising the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Dr. James received the Norbet & Charlotte Rieger Award for Scientific Achievement from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Association for excellence in research, the 2009 NIH Director’s Award for contributions made to the planning and coordination of the first NIH Health Disparities Summit, the 2009 NIH Award of Merit for advancing health disparities initiatives at NICHD, the 2010 NIH Award of Merit for organizing the first NIH Infant Mortality Awareness Initiative (5K run), the 2010 NICHD Mentor Award, and the 2012 Director’s Award for outstanding service in the coordination of the Common Fund Global Health Initiatives. Dr. James has conducted and published clinical research in the areas of health disparities, research capacity development, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and pediatric bipolar disorder. She has been published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, and the Journal of Affective Disorders, among others.

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