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Elizabeth Ginexi, Ph.D.

Program Director, Clinical Research in Complementary and Integrative Health Branch

Elizabeth Ginexi, Ph.D., is a program director in the Clinical Research in Complementary and Integrative Health Branch at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). She oversees a portfolio of clinical trials and health services research with an emphasis on complex study designs and methods, including computational modeling, intervention optimization, sequential multiple assignment randomized trial (SMART) or multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) designs, and artificial intelligence. Her portfolio also includes development and assessment of multicomponent interventions, prevention research, and effectiveness research, including dissemination and implementation science. Dr. Ginexi is the project scientist for the National Institutes of Health–U.S. Department of Defense–U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (NIH-DOD-VA) Pain Management Collaboratory (PMC) Coordinating Center and a program director for several trials in the PMC. In addition, she serves as a subject matter expert to the NIH Common Fund’s Bridge to Artificial Intelligence (Bridge2AI) program. 

Dr. Ginexi has expertise in family and community-based etiology, prevention, and treatment research; policy interventions that target population-level health behavior; and quantitative analysis methods, including statistical methods for analyzing complex longitudinal, multilevel, randomized-intervention trial data, computational modeling, and data science innovations. Before joining NCCIH, Dr. Ginexi served as an NIH health scientist administrator since 2003 in the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Cancer Institute, and National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Prior to working at NIH, Dr. Ginexi was a senior study director at Westat, where she participated in the development and implementation of community-based drug abuse treatment and prevention evaluations funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She received her masters and doctoral degrees in applied social psychology from the George Washington University, and she completed postdoctoral training under two Public Health Service National Research Service Awards—at Children’s National Hospital and at Vanderbilt University.