Joan Wasserman, Dr.P.H., RN

Office of Extramural Research Administration
Email: joan.wasserman@nih.gov
Phone: 301-594-1788

Dr. Joan Wasserman is the Director of the Office of Extramural Research Administration (OERA) at NIMHD. OERA provides leadership in developing and implementing extramural research policy, scientific peer review, and grants management. In previous work for NIMHD, Dr. Wasserman managed grants on research related to capacity building, community-based participation, and health services. Previously, Dr. Wasserman was a program officer at the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), where she managed research portfolios on chronic disease prevention and management, as well as behavioral and clinical research for diabetes, cancer, and musculoskeletal disorders. In other government service, Dr. Wasserman was Chief of the Advanced Nursing Education Branch in the Bureau of Health Professions at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), where she developed priorities for funding opportunities to increase the graduate nursing education workforce and readiness to practice.

Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Wasserman was on the faculty at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing and McGovern Medical School. She researched the health-related quality of life, costs, and access to rehabilitative services for stroke survivors and their caregivers. In addition to her work with stroke survivors, she has studied patient-reported outcomes for persons with hemophilia.

Dr. Wasserman received her doctorate in public health with a focus in health services organization from the School of Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 2004. She earned her M.S.N. from the UTHealth School of Nursing in 2006. Dr. Wasserman also holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in health care administration from Baruch College, part of the City University of New York.

Selected Publications