Jessica C Forbes, CCC-SLP; Ph.D

Job Title
Health Program Specialist
Division of Translational Research
Cluster, Section, or Program
Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR)
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Dr. Jessica Forbes is a Health Program Specialist for the Small Business Program at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). In her role, Dr. Forbes leads outreach and company engagement for the Small Business Program, conducting presentations to accelerators, institutions, and state-funded technology programs. She also provides guidance on the grant process to applicants, with a portfolio that includes the first-time Applicant Assistance Program and the Diversity Administrative supplement. In 2021, Jessica received her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Howard University, where she specialized in swallowing physiology. She went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Florida in the department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology where she studied essential voice tremor. Jessica is a part of the 2022-2023 class of AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows Program.