Coleen A. Boyle, PhD, MS (hyg.) Appointed Director of CDC's NCBDDD

April 19, 2011

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From CDC:

I am pleased to announce my selection of Coleen A. Boyle, PhD, MS (hyg.), as Director of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), effective immediately.

Coleen began her career at CDC in 1984, working on a large multifaceted project to examine the impact of Agent Orange exposure on U.S. military personnel who served in Vietnam. She joined the Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities in 1988. Coleen received the CDC Charles C. Shepard Award for scientific excellence in 1997. In 2001, Coleen was named the associate director for science and public health for the newly created National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). In that role, she was responsible for developing and coordinating the science activities of the National Center. In September 2010, she became acting director of NCBDDD. In her acting capacity, Coleen led the finalization of the center's five-year strategic plan.

Coleen's educational achievements include an MS (hyg.) in biostatistics and PhD in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health. She completed postdoctoral training in epidemiologic methods at Yale University. Prior to joining CDC, Coleen served as a faculty member in epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts Program in Public Health.

Please join me in congratulating Coleen and supporting her in this very important leadership role.

Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH
Director, CDC, and
Administrator, ATSDR