Dr. Jennifer (Jenny) N. Baumgartner joined the ODP as a Health Scientist/America Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow in August 2021. Dr. Baumgartner supports the ODP-led Prevention Scientific Interests Groups. She also assists with the implementation, integration, and coordination of collaborative projects to translate NIH-funded prevention research into practice to address health equity.
Before joining the ODP, Dr. Baumgartner was a Postdoctoral Scientist in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). There, she trained in basic cognitive neuroscience to investigate the neural mechanisms supporting the construction and modulation of acute and chronic pain by non-pharmacological methods, including mindfulness meditation and pleasant social/affective touch. While at UCSD, Dr. Baumgartner also assisted in the evaluation and reporting of a pilot mindfulness program implemented as a primary preventative intervention for law enforcement within the Department of Homeland Security.
Dr. Baumgartner received a Master of Science degree and a Ph.D. in health psychology from Wright State University, where she explored the cognitive, affective, and psychophysiological mechanisms underlying stress resilience, as well as the promotion of resilience in at-risk individuals using emerging, self-regulatory interventions. Dr. Baumgartner also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.