U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Pamela Thornton

 Contact Info

Tel: 301-480-6476
Email: pamela.thornton@nih.gov

 Select Experience

  • Program DirectorNational Institute of General Medical Sciences; National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities2013-2016
  • Principal, Healthcare and Public HealthU.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs Portfolios, The MITRE Corporation, McLean VA2007-2013
  • Senior Research AssociateJoint Center Health Policy Institute, Washington, DC2006-2007
  • Postdoctoral FellowW.K. Kellogg Foundation Health Disparities Scholars Program, The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, Ann Arbor, MI2003-2005
  • Adjunct Faculty and LecturerHuman Behavior; Evaluation Research Methods, University of Maryland, Baltimore MD2006-2012
  • Ph.D.University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work2003
  • M.S.W.Catholic University of America School of Social Services1998
  • B.S.Howard University1993

Pamela Thornton, Ph.D.

Program Director, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases

Current Responsibilities & Activities

As program director of implementation research and health equity, I provide scientific oversight and administration of a portfolio of grants and cooperative agreements related to the incidence, prevention, and treatment of type 2 diabetes. The portfolio includes behavioral research in patient and community-based populations, evaluation of natural experiments in healthcare or other large scale policies, dissemination and implementation science, and health disparities research.  I also manage the NIDDK Centers for Diabetes Translation Research program (http://www.diabetes-translation.org/), which promotes innovative research and interdisciplinary collaboration to enhance efficacious diabetes translation research.

‚ÄčResearch Programs

Clinical Research in Type 2 Diabetes
This program supports studies in humans aimed at the prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of type 2 diabetes across the lifespan, as well as further characterizing and understanding the mechanistic aspects of the etiology of type 2 diabetes

Diabetes Centers
Diabetes Centers bring together investigators in the basic, behavioral, and clinical sciences to enrich research and generate investigative resources that can be made available to the broader research community

Diabetes: Treatment, Prevention, and Complications
This program supports both basic and clinical studies aimed at addressing the prevention, treatment, and pathophysiology of type 1 and type 2 diabetes

Current Committee Memberships

  • NIH Obesity Policy Research NetworkMember
  • NIH Subcommittee on Behavior and Environment, NIH Obesity Working GroupMember
  • NIDDK Obesity Research Working GroupMember