Completing a new management team for the Center for Scientific
Review, Cheryl Kitt has been named deputy director and Cheryl Oros
has been named director of the Office of Planning, Analysis and
Kitt comes from NIAMS, where she had been director of the Extramural
Program; Oros hails from the Department of Agriculture, where she
was director of the Office of Planning and Accountability in the
department's extramural research agency, the Cooperative State Research,
Education and Extension Service.
|Dr. Cheryl Kitt has been named CSR deputy
|Dr. Cheryl Oros is the new director of the
Office of Planning, Analysis and Evaluation.
CSR director Dr. Toni Scarpa called the appointees "two uniquely
qualified managers. Dr. Kitt brings over a decade of exceptional
NIH management experience and Dr. Oros brings broad experience
conducting strategic planning, evaluation and policy analysis." He
said, "CSR can now go full speed ahead" in the NIH effort to modernize
its essential peer review system, which has been used to fund the
most promising research grants for 60 years.
Kitt received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in biopsychology,
then trained, conducted research and taught as a faculty member
at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her research focused on the
neurobiology of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
She is an author of more than 150 book chapters and research papers
in Science, Nature and other journals.
She came to NIH in 1995 to be program director for research in
pain, neuroendocrinology and neurotoxicology, sleep and circadian
rhythms, along with women's health research at NIAMS.
She has worked in trans-NIH activities in the areas of chronic
fatigue, sleep, pain and women's health. She has been cochair of
the NIH extramural staff workgroup on pain, a founder of the NIH
Pain Consortium and the 2003 recipient of the John and Emma Bonica
Public Service Award from the American Pain Society. She was the
key coordinator for a trans-NIH research working group that won
the NIH Director's Award in 2004 for fostering research in muscular
Oros is a veteran evaluation and planning director who has studied
health programs and policies at the Department of Agriculture,
the Government Accounting Office, Georgetown University and other
private organizations in Washington for 25 years. She received
her doctorate in psychology, specializing in applied research and
evaluation, at Kent State University.
An advocate of transparent government processes, she invites participation
and the cross-fertilization of ideas. Oros says she believes in "using
feedback from the people affected by organizational plans."