Dr. Alison Cernich
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development


Alison Cernich, Ph.D. – Deputy Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development

Dr. Alison Cernich is the Deputy Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health. As Deputy Director, Dr. Cernich assists the Director in overseeing the Institute’s programs supporting research on child development, developmental biology, nutrition, AIDS/HIV, intellectual and developmental disabilities, population health, reproductive biology, contraception, pregnancy, and medical rehabilitation. Prior to this position, Dr. Cernich was the Director of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) at NICHD.

Prior to joining NICHD, Alison served as Deputy Director of the VA’s Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, where she coordinated prevention, education, research, and clinical care efforts for service members and veterans diagnosed with traumatic brain injury. During her 10 years of service in the Department of Veterans Affairs prior to that role, she served as the Traumatic Brain Injury Liaison to the Department of Defense, the Chief of Neuropsychology and the Polytrauma Support Clinic at the VA Maryland Health Care System, and as a funded investigator through the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Service.

She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and completed post-doctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC. She is a board-certified neuropsychologist by training and is the lead or contributing author on multiple peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations, with an emphasis on traumatic brain injury and computerized neuropsychological assessment.

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