Dr. Neilson conducts strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation of communications activities and serves as a liaison between journalists and ODP staff. She also facilitates the partnership between the NIH and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Community Preventive Services Task Force. She is a member of the NIH IC International Representatives Committee and the NIH Dissemination and Implementation Working Group.
Before joining the ODP, Dr. Neilson served for six years as an Advocacy Relations Manager at the National Cancer Institute. She also served as Program Director of the D.C. Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and as an Area Manager for Planned Parenthood.
Dr. Neilson earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Emory University. She also earned a Master of Science in Community Health Nursing, a Master of Public Health, and a Ph.D. in Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Johns Hopkins University.