Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)
Mary C. Blehar, Ph.D.
Special Advisor to the Director (Contractor)
Mary C. Blehar, Ph.D., joined ORWH as a senior research advisor in 2012. Between 2008 and 2012, she was a consultant to ORWH and helped conceptualize, write, and implement the NIH Strategic Plan for Women’s Health: Moving into the Future with New Dimensions and Strategies: a Vision for 2020 for Women’s Health Research, the third NIH scientific agenda for women’s health coordinated by ORWH.
Prior to 2008, Dr. Blehar held several health scientist administrator positions at the NIH. At the National Institute of Mental Health, she held positions as Director, Women’s Program; Chief, Mood, Anxiety and Personality Disorders Research Branch; Program Director, Adult Psychopathology and Prevention Program; Staff Collaborator for the Bipolar Disorder Molecular Genetics Initiative Cooperative Agreement; and Scientific Review Administrator for ad hoc panels and standing committees. At the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Training Branch, she served as Director of the Cancer Prevention, Control, and Population & Behavioral Sciences Program. She has served on a number of trans-NIH committees including the NIH Coordinating Committee for Research on Women’s Health, (CCRWH) and the National Children’s Study Pregnancy and the Infant Workgroup. Her work on trans-DHHS committees include the Executive Planning Committee for the Office on Women’s Health/Surgeon General’s Project on Women’s Mental Health; the Inter-Agency Federal Strategic Planning Group on “Safe Motherhood;” and the Scientific Advisory Panel for the HRSA Healthy Start Program.
Prior to coming to NIH, Dr. Blehar served at the Johns Hopkins University as a Research Scientist and as Project Director for the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Infant Development. There she co-authored Patterns of Attachment with Dr. Mary Ainsworth. At NIMH she co-authored the American Psychological Association’s report Summit on Women and Depression. Her written work includes over 55 publications in peer reviewed journals, editorship of two scientific books, and guest editorship of five special editions of scientific journals; and authorship of 15 chapters in research and policy oriented books. Dr. Blehar received her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.