Jessica Harper is the Health Communications Branch Chief in the Office of Communications and Public Liaison at NIA. The Health Communications Branch oversees the development and maintenance of web, print, and other communication products covering topics related to healthy aging and age-related diseases for a variety of audiences, including older adults, caregivers, and health care professionals. NIA’s health information and publications reach millions of readers each year.
Previously, Jessica served as a technical-writer editor with a focus on Alzheimer's and related dementias content. In this role she led the relaunch of the Alzheimers.gov website, created strategic communications around brain donation, and collaborated with scientific and communications staff within NIA and other institutes to ensure the accuracy and effectiveness of content. Previously, she served as a writer-editor supporting a communications contract for the NIA Information Center and the Alzheimer’s and related Dementias Education and Referral Center.
Before NIH, Jessica was the content director at a consulting firm focusing on strategy and innovation and held editorial roles at industry publications where she provided writing, editing, and content planning services. Jessica has a bachelor’s degree in English from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, and a Master of Arts in Writing from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.