Nakia C. Brown, Ph.D., is a scientific officer in the Scientific Review Branch at the NIAMS. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from North Carolina State University and a doctoral degree in biopsychology from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining NIAMS, Dr. Brown worked as a human capital practitioner at Deloitte Consulting LLP. In this capacity, Dr. Brown served as a merit review officer, where she supported an independent, non-profit research organization in the management of scientific and technical review of submitted research applications. Additionally, her areas of expertise include the design, implementation and analysis of national health-related program evaluations aimed at building organizational capacity to reduce the burden of health disparities.