Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D.
Program Director, Division of Extramural Research
Basic and Mechanistic Research in Complementary and Integrative Health Branch
Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D., joined NCCIH as a program director in July 2015. Her grant portfolio centers on clinical studies of movement meditation, including yoga, tai chi, and qi gong. Dr. Mudd’s interests include physical activity measurement, as well as the use of mind and body interventions for perinatal health conditions and for promoting healthy behaviors. She is also NCCIH’s representative to the NIH Common Fund initiative on Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans.
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.