Geri Piazza is a public affairs specialist in the Media and Public Affairs Group of NIA’s Office of Communications and Public Liaison (OCPL). Since July 2019, she has developed research highlights, blog posts, and press releases to convey the importance of biomedical research, especially research on dementia and other age-related conditions, and has assisted the media with finding experts for stories about NIA-supported research.
Geri has decades of experience translating scientific results into a variety of communication products. She joined NIH in 2003 as a technical writer/editor for the National Cancer Institute, where she managed the patient education series known as What You Need to Know About Cancer. After NCI, she was part of the communications teams at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and at the NIH Office of the Director, where she continued to use her background in science writing and health communications for a variety of materials.
Before NIH, Geri was an account supervisor at Porter Novelli, an international public relations firm, where she managed an NCI materials development contract, prepared news releases and backgrounders for government and nonprofit clients, and worked on national health information campaigns.
Geri earned a master of literature from the University of Houston–Clear Lake, studied epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Texas School of Public Health, and earned a bachelor of science in biology from Virginia Tech.