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Carmen MOTEN

Carmen Moten
Title: Health Scientist Administrator
Office(s): Scientific Review Branch (SRB)
Phone Number: 301-402-7703
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Carmen Moten, Ph.D., M.P.H., serves as a Health Scientist Administrator in NIA’s Division of Scientific Review Branch (SRB), where she leads the Career Development Standing Review Committee, AGCD2. Her primary research focus is epidemiologic research designs for multiple and chronic medical illnesses among the U.S. population.

Dr. Moten works in partnership with academic institutions, scientific associations, and community-based organizations to ensure the review committees identify the most meritorious science for funding by the NIH/NIA. Through extramural and intermural activities, Dr. Moten provides guidance and leadership to generate and enhance new approaches to increase diversity and inclusion within the peer review process. She assists early career scientists to become more competitive for independent investigator awards through first-hand experience with the review process. Dr. Moten enriches the existing pool of reviewers through increased recruitment of populations traditionally underrepresented on review panels such as women, underrepresented minorities, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and scientists from small academic institutions. Her efforts have led to collaborative research training initiatives on several NIH Interagency Committees. Dr. Moten is a member of the Working Group on Women in Biomedical Research Careers, the Behavior and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee, the HINTS Data Group, and the Special Population Research Forum.

Dr. Moten’s efforts complement the NIH UNITE initiative to embrace an equitable and civil culture within the biomedical research enterprise and reduce barriers to racial equity in the biomedical research workforce. A key focus is to support research to develop and implement strategies to increase inclusivity and diversity in the scientific review process. Dr. Moten is the Co-Chair of the Recruitment, Retention, and Recognition Subcommittee of the NIH Anti-Racism Steering Committee (ARSC). This subcommittee will make recommendations to the ARSC Co-Chairs on recruiting future NIH employees and retention and recognition of the current NIH healthcare workforce. Dr. Moten has also led efforts at the Department level (DHHS), including the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team and the Health Literacy Workgroup, to address health disparities and implement health equity goals and strategies into member agency policies and practices.

Dr. Moten has over 28 years of research administration and leadership experience at NIH. At the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD), she designed and managed programs to augment emerging cancer research and training programs at NCI-designated Cancer Centers committed to increasing diversity in the biomedical workforce. Before her work at NCI, Dr. Moten was a Program Chief within the Division of Services and Intervention Research, Services Research and Clinical Epidemiology Branch, at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). She led the primary care research and disparities research portfolios to improve quality mental health services to the most vulnerable populations. Dr. Moten was also the Director of Minority Health Research Training in the NIH Office of Research on Minority Health, Office of the Director, to provide training to students, residents, and fellows in the biomedical, behavioral, and social sciences.

Dr. Moten is an Adjunct Professor at Howard University with a Ph.D. in developmental and personality psychology and an M.P.H. in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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