Kat Schwartz joined the ODP Communications Team as a Communications Specialist in January 2017. At the ODP, Ms. Schwartz provides extensive communications support across several projects including the ODP’s portfolio analysis initiative, the Pathways to Prevention program, and the coordination of collaborative prevention projects across the NIH. Ms. Schwartz came from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS), where she had been a Program Analyst since the fall of 2015. While at NCATS, she provided communications, process, and logistical support for a variety of projects, including the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program, which, as NCATS’ flagship grants program, is composed of more than 60 of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. Ms. Schwartz began her tenure in the federal government as a Technical Writer/Editor at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), later becoming a Program Analyst.
Before coming to the NIH, Ms. Schwartz spent several years as a clinical research coordinator in Chicago, first working with patients with Hepatitis C and other forms of liver disease, and then with men with advanced prostate cancer. Her background includes basic research as well, having worked as a laboratory technician in a biochemistry lab and a physiology and biophysics lab. She also interned at the American Society of Hematology in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Schwartz graduated with a B.A. in English literature in 2002 and an M.S. in Journalism (with a focus on health care) in 2008, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.