LeShawndra Price, Ph.D., is Chief of the Health Inequities and Global Health Branch within the Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science (CTRIS) at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). In this position, she supports and fosters a program of innovative research pertaining to health inequities, domestically and globally, including identifying gaps and needs, as well as research opportunities to address them. She also leads the strategic development of “T4” translation research and implementation science in the global arena.
Immediately prior to joining NHLBI, Dr. Price served as Deputy Director for Research and Chief of the Research Scientist Development program in the Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). She also served as Project Scientist for a multi-million dollar initiative involving eight distinct clinical trials designed to improve treatments and expand access to mental health care in more than 20 low- and middle-income countries, including Brazil, Peru, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Ethiopia, India, and Pakistan. She also served as one of the NIH’s coordinators of the Mental Health Across the Lifespan Initiative, a collaboration between the NIH and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated to raise awareness about mental health conditions affecting women and their families, including bullying, postpartum depression, and successful aging later in life.
Dr. Price brings a wealth of experience to her work at the NHLBI, as she also has held positions at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Carolina Power and Light Energy & Environmental Center, Burroughs-Wellcome (now Glaxo Smith Kline), Research and Evaluation Associates, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, George Washington University, and North Carolina Central University. Her leadership, service, and advocacy has been recognized through awards from the NIH Office of the Director, NIMH Director, NIDA Director, American Psychological Association, and the Family Research Consortium.
Dr. Price’s academic background includes a B.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.