Biography: Dr. Regina James

Dr. Regina James serves as the Acting Associate Director for Clinical Research & Data Management in the Office of the Director at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. In this capacity, she is working with intramural and extramural staff to establish a clinical trials database, research monitoring policy, and research resource toolkit to facilitate monitoring and reporting of NIMHD clinical research and clinical trials. She is also representing NIMHD for the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), and co-chair for the Community Engagement/Health Disparities NIH PMI Working Group.

In addition to her NIMHD duties, Dr. James is the Director of the Office of Health Equity at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), overseeing research, capacity development and training programs, and informs the public about issues related to differences in maternal and child health outcomes and health equity. As a senior health scientist administrator and medical officer, Dr. James is a proven leader in developing and implementing national and international research programs and initiatives, and promoting health for children and families.

Dr. James received her B.S. in psychology/biology and her M.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed a residency in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and completed a research fellowship at the Child Psychiatry Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. James has received numerous awards, including the Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Award for Scientific Achievement from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Association for excellence in research, the NIH Director’s Award for contributions in the areas of global health and health disparities, and the NICHD Mentorship Award. She was a member of the American Psychiatric Association Workgroup on Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence, charged with revising the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. She has conducted and published clinical research in the areas of health disparities, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and pediatric bipolar disorder.