Regina Smith James, M.D.

Division of Scientific Programs
Clinical and Health Services Research
Phone: 301-496-3462

Dr. Regina Smith James is the Director of Clinical and Health Services Research at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). In this capacity, she oversees research programs and initiatives that aim to improve access, quality and care for minority and health disparity populations; support research in clinical settings that address access and quality health care; research to improve health outcomes through coordination of care, shared decision making and clinician-patient communication. She has also served as the Acting Associate Director for Clinical Research and Data Management. Prior to coming to NIMHD, Dr. James served as the Director of the Office of Health Equity at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, where she developed and implemented national and international programs promoting health for children and families; and a clinical associate in the Division of Intramural Research Programs at the National Institute of Mental Health where she conducted clinical trials on safety and efficacy of stimulant medications in children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD.

Dr. James received both 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 leadership training through the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program. She has conducted and published clinical research in the areas of health disparities and child/adolescent mental health. Her research interests include understanding and addressing how individual and population-level determinants affect health status, access to and quality of healthcare across the lifespan.

Dr. James’ trans-NIH and trans-HHS committees include: HHS Adolescent Health Working Group, NIH All of Us Initiative, NIH Adolescent Brian and Cognitive Development Study (ABCD Study), NIH Clinical Trials Working Group, and NIMHD Surgical Disparities Program: PAR-16-391; PAR-16-392. Dr. James’ online mentions include Howard University Opioid Symposium: Session Two, Women of Color in Science at NIH, as well as articles in USA Today, Modern Healthcare and a blog done on NIMHD Insights.

NIMHD Blog Posts

August 8, 2017
Breastfeeding Disparities in African American Women

Selected Publications

  • Mensah, G. A., Cooper, R. S., Siega-Riz, A. M., Cooper, L. A., Smith, J. D., Brown, C. H., . . . Perez-Stable, E. J. (2018). Reducing Cardiovascular Disparities Through Community-Engaged Implementation Research: A National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Workshop Report. Circ Res, 122(2), 213-230. doi:10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.117.312243
  • Belbin, G. M., Odgis, J., Sorokin, E. P., Yee, M. C., Kohli, S., Glicksberg, B. S., . . . Kenny, E. E. (2017). Genetic identification of a common collagen disease in puerto ricans via identity-by-descent mapping in a health system. Elife, 6. doi:10.7554/eLife.25060
  • Bien, S. A., Wojcik, G. L., Zubair, N., Gignoux, C. R., Martin, A. R., Kocarnik, J. M., . . . Study, P. (2016). Strategies for Enriching Variant Coverage in Candidate Disease Loci on a Multiethnic Genotyping Array. PLoS One, 11(12), e0167758. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0167758
  • Consortium, H. A., Rotimi, C., Abayomi, A., Abimiku, A., Adabayeri, V. M., Adebamowo, C., . . . Zar, H. (2014). Research capacity. Enabling the genomic revolution in Africa. Science, 344(6190), 1346-1348. doi:10.1126/science.1251546
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