Samantha White

Samantha White, Ph.D.

Chief, Scientific and Public Engagement Branch
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Office:
Office of Neuroscience Communications & Engagement
Areas of Interest:

NIH BRAIN Initiative


Dr. Samantha White is currently Chief of the Scientific and Public Engagement Branch in the Office of Neuroscience Communications and Engagement (ONCE), where she helps ONCE efforts to provide a seamless flow of information on NINDS research advances and initiatives to various stakeholders including scientific and academic communities, as well as policy-makers, patients, and the public. ONCE manages the NINDS and BRAIN Initiative websites, an important tool in broadly conveying this information. Specifically, Dr. White collaborates with leadership, policy, communications, programmatic, and administrative staff across NINDS and the other 9 participating BRAIN Institutes and Centers, as well as the other federal and non-federal organizations that contribute to the BRAIN Initiative. In addition to coordinating meetings, workshops, and scientific conferences like the annual BRAIN Investigators Meeting and the NIH BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group, she helps manage websites related to NINDS and BRAIN, and develops communications and outreach materials about the progress of BRAIN and other NINDS-sponsored research. In ONCE, Dr. White also supports the NINDS Office of the Director, collaborating with the communications and policy offices to prepare materials and presentations related all scientific programs aligned with the NINDS mission. Dr. White began working at NIH as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy fellow and received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.S. in neuroscience and behavioral biology from Emory University. She previously worked as a Science Policy Fellow at Research!America, and she was also the program director for Emerging Leaders in Science and Society, a pilot program hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.