Shoshana Kahana, Ph.D., joined the NIA Office of Strategic Extramural Programs (OSEP) as Deputy Director in December 2021. In the position of Deputy Director, OSEP, Dr. Kahana is responsible for working with Dr. Todd Haim in leading the various OSEP activities and programs. Dr. Kahana is focusing efforts on: 1) Coordinating the activities within the office, including developing guidance and operating procedures for training and small business policies and practices as well as refining the process whereby requests to fund training and small business grants are tracked; 2) Identifying gaps in and bringing critical strategic thinking, policy and programmatic expertise to the development and management of the training and career development and small business portfolios; and 3) Supervising 3 staff members. Prior to joining OSEP, Dr. Kahana was the NIH Training Policy Officer and Senior Advisor in the Division of Biomedical Research Workforce in the NIH Office of Extramural Research. In that role, she provided scientific leadership and oversight for NIH extramural training and career development programs and policies. Dr. Kahana also developed and led several NIH-wide programs linked to the NIH Next Generation Researcher Initiative and the sustainability of the biomedical research workforce, including co-chairing the Early-Stage Investigator Extension Committee and overseeing the development of the Katz Early-Stage Investigator program.
Dr. Kahana also has considerable programmatic expertise, having served as a Program Director at the National Institute on Drug Abuse from 2008 to 2017, where she managed an extensive grant portfolio focused on substance abuse and HIV treatment development and health services research. During her tenure at NIH, Dr. Kahana has earned numerous honors, including NIH Director’s Awards and NIH Office of the Director Honor Awards. Dr. Kahana earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 2006 from Case Western Reserve University.