Prisca N. Fall is a Health Specialist within the Population and Social Process Branch of the Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) at the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Ms. Fall is the primary point of contact on several ends to facilitate processes and scientific support tasks within NIA/BSR. She is the lead on interagency agreement, grant, and contract activities to develop areas of research via expert meetings, build and share data resources for aging research, and support interagency research collaborations. She works within the Division’s Office of Research Resources (ORR) and serves as the direct liaison for all Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) data requests from investigators, potential grantees, and others who propose to use CMS-linked data for their NIA-funded projects. She works very closely with the Director of ORR to develop and promote data infrastructure for aging and health research and other research-relevant activities, including managing data use agreements (DUAs), tracking data requests, costs, and other agreements like letters of support. As part of this larger CMS operation, Ms. Fall prepares statements of work to improve grantee access to CMS data.
Ms. Fall maintains certification as a Contract Officer Representative (Level 2) to manage both CMS-related contracts as well as administer task orders for National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) activities on behalf of the NIH/NIA. This task leader role includes involvement at all levels, from concept preparation for review to the execution of the final task order in order to facilitate science workshops that help gather expert input to advance NIA areas of science. Beyond these unique Health Specialist tasks that require unique expertise, she also performs a number of other program support.
Ms. Fall earned a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology in 2004 from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, and a M.A. in Medical Anthropology in 2008 from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. She has been a Health Specialist within BSR since March 2014.