Jessica Boten is a Social Science Analyst for NIA’s Division of Behavioral & Social Research (BSR) at the National Institute on Aging. She is primarily responsible for supporting BSR’s Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and AD-related dementias (ADRD) research and training programs which cut across both branches (Individual Behavioral Processes [IBP] and Population and Social Processes [PSP]). Her work includes portfolio analysis, project management, strategic planning, report preparation and sundry other activities related to AD/ADRD research in BSR. Prior to joining BSR, she worked for six years at the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance Research Program as the project lead for the NCI-Department of Energy Collaboration Pilot 3. The collaboration developed automated natural language processing tools to capture data from clinical text documents for cancer registries. She also worked on the Did You Know? video series and other communications projects.
Ms. Boten earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Health and Hispanic Studies at the College of William and Mary. She worked for two years at University of Nebraska Medical Center doing research on the effects of smoke, alcohol, and hog dust on lung cells. Ms. Boten graduated with her Masters in Public Health in Health Behavior at UNC-Chapel Hill. While at UNC, Jessica focused on developing instructional videos for Alzheimer's caregivers on how to take vital signs. In addition, she helped create a community engagement program to improve information dissemination to older adults in the county. Her professional interests include project management, health communications, and program operations.