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HSR&D Welcomes New Scientific Program Managers

Oct. 9, 2018


Please join HSR&D in welcoming our new Scientific Program Managers!

Dr. Stephen Marcus Dr. Stephen Marcus

Dr. Stephen Marcus joined VA in May 2018. Prior to this, he worked at the National Center for Health Services Research (now AHRQ); ICU Research Unit, George Washington University Medical Center; Office on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Division of Epidemiology and Oral Disease Prevention, National Institute of Dental Research (now NIDCR); Outcomes Research Branch, Applied Research Program and Tobacco Control Research Branch, Behavioral Research Program, both within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute; and most recently the Division of Biophysics, Biomedical Technology, and Computational Biosciences, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Marcus graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1978 with a joint MPH in epidemiology and medical care administration and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1983 with a PhD in epidemiology. He has broad interests in psychosocial (social and behavioral sciences) and clinical epidemiology (health services research) as well as in the application of complex systems science, engineering, and computational approaches to population health and health care.  

Dr. Marcus will be covering the health systems portfolio and the Mission Act focused awards.

Dr. Courtney Paolicelli  Dr. Courtney Paolicelli

Dr. Courtney Paolicelli joined VA in April 2018. She previously served as a Presidential Management Fellow and Social Science Research Analyst with the US Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service. Her research interests include complementary and integrative health (CIH), Whole Health, health promotion and disease prevention, weight management, and community and clinical nutrition.

Dr. Paolicelli received her Doctorate of Public Health from the University of Texas-Health Science Center in 2012, and her Master of Public Health in Nutrition from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2004. She has a clinical background in dietetics, diabetes education, and health education, and currently serves as a 65C – Registered Dietitian in the US Army Reserve, 187th Medical Battalion.

Dr. Paolicelli will be working with the CIH research portfolio and will also serve as the SPM for the HSR&D Innovation Initiative.