Dionne Godette

Health Scientist Administrator

Dr. Godette joined the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) as a Health Scientist Administrator in 2017. In this role, she manages the ODP Prevention Scientific Interest Groups that are focused on trans-National Institutes of Health (NIH) collaboration in the areas of childhood screening; adult screening; the genetics of prevention; environment, policy and systems-level interventions; and interventions to prevent or delay the onset of comorbid diseases. She also supports additional activities under the ODP’s priority aimed at identifying prevention research areas for investment or expanded effort at the NIH. 

Prior to joining the ODP, Dr. Godette was a Program Officer with the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Dr. Godette managed portfolios of research that explored the epidemiology of underage drinking, social determinants of alcohol-related inequities, and preventive interventions designed to address inequities. Her contributions to prevention research have primarily been in the areas of alcohol and other substance use and its association with other health risk behaviors (e.g., HIV risk behaviors/HIV testing behaviors) and the influence of race, ethnicity, and other social determinants on alcohol and other substance use-related outcomes.

Dr. Godette earned her doctorate in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health, a master’s degree in Community/Agency Counseling (concentration in addictions) from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia, College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, she completed postdoctoral training at both the Harvard School of Public Health’s Center for Society and Health and the Boston University School of Public Health’s Youth Alcohol Prevention Center.