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Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D.

Deputy Branch Chief, Clinical Research in Complementary and Integrative Health Branch

Program Director, Division of Extramural Research

Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D.

Phone: 301-594-9346


Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D., is deputy branch chief for the Clinical Research in Complementary and Integrative Health Branch in the Division of Extramural Research at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). She joined NCCIH as a program director in 2015. As deputy branch chief, Dr. Mudd assists Dr. Wendy Weber to coordinate NCCIH’s Clinical Trial Specific Funding Opportunities. Dr. Mudd also serves as the NCCIH training director and provides oversight and direction for NCCIH’s training and career development portfolio. She is the NCCIH co-coordinator for the NIH Common Fund Bridge to Artificial Intelligence program.

At NCCIH, Dr. Mudd oversees a grant portfolio of clinical trials; studies of movement meditation, including yoga, tai chi, and qi gong; research on health promotion, disease prevention, and resilience; and studies of remotely delivered or mHealth interventions. Dr. Mudd’s interests include the use of mind and body interventions for perinatal health conditions, mental health conditions, and promoting healthy behaviors. 

Dr. Mudd earned a dual-major doctoral degree in kinesiology and epidemiology and completed postdoctoral training in perinatal epidemiology at Michigan State University. Prior to joining NCCIH, she was an assistant professor of kinesiology at Michigan State University, where her research investigated the health benefits of physical activity during pregnancy and the development of interventions to improve health behaviors among pregnant women. She has published in a variety of peer reviewed journals, including Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Pediatrics, Journal of Physical Activity & Health, and Preventive Medicine. Dr. Mudd is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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