Paris A. Watson
Ms. Watson is a Senior Advisor for the Consensus Development Program. She has been with the ODP since 2009. She serves as the lead for the Medicine: Mind the Gap lecture series and a new workshop initiative the ODP is developing. Additionally, she helps coordinate Consensus Development Conferences. Before coming to the NIH, Ms. Watson worked at a consulting firm where she was project manager for a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services contract (2007–2009). Prior to relocating to the DC area, she worked for the State of Michigan’s Family Planning Program and helped to ensure that the state’s family planning programs were in compliance with Federal laws (2006–2007). Ms. Watson was project manager for a community-based participatory research project at the University of Michigan that focused on food access in the city of Detroit (2003–2006). Her interest in community-based participatory research began when she coordinated a hair salon-based outreach program for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (2001–2003). Prior to this work, she taught general science at the same neighborhood high school that both she and her parents attended. Ms. Watson began her career in public health working for the Washtenaw County’s Solid Waste Program (1993–1996), where she coordinated a household hazardous materials program. Ms. Watson received her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science from Oakland University and studied environmental science at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. A native Detroiter, Ms. Watson has been in the DC area for four years.