Courtney Ferrell Aklin, Ph.D.

Office of the Director
Email: courtney.aklin@nih.gov
Phone: 301-594-8528

Dr. Courtney Ferrell Aklin serves as the Chief of Staff at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), helping develop and implement strategic initiatives designed to fulfill the Institute’s vision and mission. In addition, Dr. Aklin oversees the management of NIMHD’s communications, outreach, and legislative activities. Prior to taking on the role as Chief of Staff, she was a Program Director at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), where she designed and managed programs to augment and strengthen emerging neuroscience research programs at universities and medical schools committed to increasing diversity in the biomedical workforce.

Dr. Aklin is a licensed clinical psychologist who holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.A. in business administration and psychology from the University of Richmond.

Selected Publications

  • Boyce, C.A. & Ferrell Aklin, C. (2010). Selecting the appropriate research mechanism: Finding the right match. In W. Pequegnant, E. Stover, & C.A. Boyce (Eds.) How to write a successful research grant application: A guide to social and behavioral scientists. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.
  • Ferrell, C.B. (2010). ADHD. In C.S. Clauss-Ehlers (Ed.). The Encyclopedia of Cross Cultural School Psychology. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.
  • Ferrell, C.B., Price, L., & Boyce, C.B. (2010). Ethnic Minority Youth. In C.S. Clauss-Ehlers (Ed.). The Encyclopedia of Cross Cultural School Psychology. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.
  • Ferrell, C.B. (2009). Re-engineering clinical research science: A focus on translational research. Behavior Modification, 33(1), 7-23.