Nancy A. Garrick, Ph.D., is Chief of the Science Communications and Outreach Branch (SCOB) and Communications Director at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). The SCOB provides NIAMS’ press and social media activities, science writing, website management, health information and education initiatives, and public outreach efforts.

Dr. Garrick began her NIH career in the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), where she spent 13 years doing basic and preclinical research, first in the Clinical Neuropharmacology Branch and then in the Laboratory of Clinical Science. Subsequently, Nancy moved to the Office of AIDS Programs in the NIMH Extramural Research Program, where she served as Program Officer for the Institute’s Neuroimmunology portfolio on HIV/AIDS, which included five AIDS Centers.

Dr. Garrick has over 40 publications in both peer reviewed journals and in books. She has received a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service Award, and NIH, NIAMS and NIMH Director’s Awards. She is a 2012 graduate of the NIH Senior Leadership Program. In 2019, Dr. Garrick completed the Leadership for a Democratic Society Program at the Federal Executives Institute in Charlottesville, Va., through the Office of Personnel Management. Dr. Garrick earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Last Updated: January 2020