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NINDS Mourns Sarah Broman

By Shannon E. Garnett

Dr. Sarah H. "Sally" Broman, a research psychologist and program director in the systems and cognition neuroscience cluster of the Office of Extramural Research, NINDS, died Nov. 2 after suffering a massive brain hemorrhage.

A native of Hattiesburg, Miss., Broman was born in 1926. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Vassar College in 1946. In 1957, she earned her master's degree, and in 1965, her doctorate, both from Tulane University.

She came to NIH in 1967 as a member of the National Collaborative Perinatal Project and acting head of the section on behavioral science, NINDS. She later became a health scientist administrator in the institute's extramural Division of Fundamental Neuroscience and Developmental Disorders.

Before coming to NIH, Broman held many positions at Tulane including research assistant in the Urban Life Research Institute, psychologist and field supervisor on a multidisciplinary study conducted by the department of pediatrics, and assistant professor in the psychology department. She also taught at Louisiana State University in New Orleans.

Broman's other activities included serving as a research associate at the American Psychological Society; as a psychologist on a collaborative child development project and as the chief psychologist on a child development study, both at the Charity Hospital in New Orleans; and, from 1966 to 1967, as a psychologist at the Harvey Mental Health Center in Harvey, La.

Throughout her career she received many accolades, including a Public Health Service Special Recognition Award, and an NIH Award of Merit in recognition of her exceptional efforts to further the goals of the Department of Health and Human Services "Healthy People 2000" initiative.

Broman coedited and coauthored numerous publications including Atypical Cognitive Deficits in Developmental Disorders, Traumatic Head Injury in Children, Preschool IQ: Prenatal and Early Developmental Correlates, Low Achieving Children: The First Seven Years, and Retardation in Young Children: A Developmental Study of Cognitive Deficit.

As a tribute to her hard work and dedication to neuroscience, her colleagues dedicated the recent 2-day NIH workshop titled "Adaptive Learning: Interventions for Verbal and Motor Deficits" to Broman. On day 1 of the meeting, friends and colleagues gathered at a reception to pay tribute to her as a scientist, colleague and friend. There, Dr. Martha Denckla, current member of the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council, summed up Broman's most important and consistent contribution to the field: "No matter how accomplished one was as a neurologist and clinician, you could always count on Sally to hold you to the most rigorous of scientific standards."

And, according to Broman's longtime colleague, Dr. Charlotte McCutchen, program director in NINDS's systems and cognition neuroscience cluster, "Her dedication to these ideals helped establish lasting validity for her fast-growing field."

Broman is survived by her daughter, Noel Alexandra Corry Miles of New Orleans, and two grandchildren.

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