Gloria Krahn, PhD, MPH biography

Dr. Gloria Krahn is the Director of the Division of Human Development and Disability (DHDD) in the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Krahn received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Manitoba, and her M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkley.  She has practiced as a clinical developmental psychologist and taught clinical psychology.  Her early work in child development was followed by an interest in childhood and adult disability.   Dr. Krahn is widely regarded as a national and international expert in the fields of child development, disability, and in disability public health.  Her publications and lectures have bridged the fields of child development, childhood-onset disability, and health promotion among adults with disabilities.  Dr. Krahn's research has been funded by the NIH, the U.S. Department of Education, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau at HRSA, and the CDC.  Dr. Krahn is the author of numerous publications related to disability and child development, and she is the co-editor of the first major textbook on Disability and Health scheduled for completion later this year.

Dr. Krahn has served in a variety of leadership roles within the fields of child development and disability. She is currently Professor of Pediatrics, Public Health, and Preventive Medicine, and the Director of the Oregon Institute on Disability and Development, at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center.   She has developed strong collaborative relationships with other universities, with state health departments, and with other departments in the University of Oregon system.  She has been President of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and has served on key Institute of Medicine committees.  She has recently served as the Chair of the Disability Section of the American Public Health Association, and has served as a leader of the Healthy People 2010 Disabilities Work Group.Dr. Krahn has been very active in working with key external partners for the DHDD.  She is currently a member of the Executive Committee for the External Partners Group of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.