Dr. JoyAnn (Rohan) Courtney joined the ODP in January 2022 as a Health Scientist Administrator. In this role, she coordinates and promotes trans-NIH activities to strengthen prevention research that reduces health disparities and achieves health equity.
Prior to joining the ODP, Dr. Courtney served as a Program Director at the Translational Research Program (TRP) within the Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis (DCTD) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) managing Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs) in breast, endometrial, cervical, and ovarian cancers. In addition, she was active on the Cancer Disparities Activities Committee and assisted in the oversight of NCI’s cancer disparities activities across the Institute. She also served as the liaison between TRP and the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) and assisted in developing CRCHD funding opportunities.
Before joining TRP, she was a postdoctoral fellow for programs focused on complementary alternative medicine at Morgan State University and minority health and health disparities at Georgetown University. She served as a Project Manager for the Clinical Assay Development Program in the DCTD that supported investigators seeking clinical assay validation resources for assays with clinical utility. She later served as a Scientific Program Manager for the Molecular Characterization Laboratory, NCI Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, with Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. managing a network of next generation sequencing laboratories, among other activities.
Dr. Courtney obtained her Bachelor of Science in biology from Spelman College and her Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology from Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Courtney has more than 10 years of experience in both cancer biology research and cancer-related project management for NCI and the extramural communities. Dr. Courtney is committed to research, education, and service in her professional and personal life.