About NIA


Farheen AKBAR

Title: Health Scientist Specialist
Office: Division of Behavioral and Social Research (DBSR)
Phone: 301-402-4156


Farheen Akbar is a Health Scientist Specialist with the Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) of the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Ms. Akbar is involved with project management in the areas of behavioral medicine, health psychology, cognitive aging, and interventions relevant to behavioral and social research on aging. Her position involves working with senior staff in developing new program areas, tracking various aspects of research project progress, organizing exploratory meetings of experts to examine scientific areas, and responding to requests from Congress, across NIH, and the general public. 

Ms. Akbar has been involved with the health disparities portfolio in BSR; conducting analyses and reporting on BSR’s disparities portfolio and identifying gaps in the area.  The topics of her analyses range from decision making, caregiving, community involvement, and palliative care and pain management issues in old age and surrounding end of life.  She has also conducted analysis on and assisted in managing the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) program.

Ms. Akbar graduated with her M.P.H. in May 2010 with a concentration in Social Behavioral Sciences.  Prior to joining NIH she was an ORISE Fellowship with the Epidemiology Branch of the Office on Smoking and Health (OSH), CDC in Atlanta, GA.  During her one year at the CDC, she led an evaluation of the national tobacco surveillance systems.