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    NIH Opportunities: Perseverance in Tough Times  
Judith Cooper - NIDCD/NIH
Peggy McCardle - NICHD/NIH

SRCLD Year: 2008
Presentation Type: Special Session
Presentation Time: (na)
NIH is facing many challenges, given current budgetary constraints, and
researchers seeking funding must also cope with these challenges.
Nonetheless, researchers in language ARE being funded. The NIH
maintains an ongoing commitment to supporting research in language and
language disorders, both continuing work as well as research from new
investigators. We will discuss how best to take advantage of these
opportunities. In addition, we'll provide basic information for
beginning investigators about the submission, review and funding
process. Recent changes at the NIH will be highlighted and strategies
to maximize potential funding to support your research career trajectory
will be discussed. This presentation while predominantly focused on new
investigators is of relevance to more senior researchers, who not only
serve as mentors to developing investigators but also need to be aware
of ongoing and new mechanisms to support established researchers. There
will be ample time for group Q and A and discussion. In addition, both
of us will be available after the session and throughout the meeting,
for individual discussions.
Author Biosketch(es)

Dr. Judith A. Cooper is currently Deputy Director of the National
Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders at the NIH. In
addition, she serves as Director, Division of Scientific Programs,
within NIDCD, and finally, she has programmatic responsibilities for
the areas of language, language impairments, and language in deaf
individuals. She received her B.F.A. at Southern Methodist University
in 1971 with a major in Speech-Language Pathology, her M.S. in
Speech-Language Pathology at Vanderbilt University in 1972, and her
Ph.D. at the University of Washington in 1982 in Speech and Hearing
Sciences. She was elected a Fellow of the American
Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2006 and received the Honors of
the Association in 2007.

She joined the National Institutes of Health as a Health Scientist
Administrator (HSA) within the National Institute of Neurological and
Communicative Disorders and Stroke in November, 1982. Dr. Cooper became
an HSA within the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication
Disorders, upon its establishment in October, 1988; subsequently served
as Deputy Director as well as acting director of the Division of Human
Communication; Chief, Scientific Programs Branch; and has been in her
current position since January, 2004.

Dr. Cooper's current responsibilities include overseeing and
coordinating the activities of her division; advising within NIDCD
and across the NIH regarding issues related to language and language
disorders; participating in trans-NIH initiatives focused in language
as well as autism; and, working with potential and funded researchers
in language across the US and beyond, providing advice, direction, and
encouragement related to research grant focus, development and


Peggy McCardle, Ph.D., MPH, is Chief, Child Development and Behavior Branch at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) of the National Institutes of Health. In addition to her oversight of the Branch, she directs the research program on Language, Bilingual and Biliteracy, which includes research on monolingual, bilingual and cross linguistic studies of language development and bilingual/ language minority reading. Dr. McCardle also developed the branch programs in Bilingualism, Biliteracy, Adolescent and Adult literacy. She serves as the liaison for the NICHD with the National Institute for Literacy and has been the NICHD liaison to the National Reading Panel. Dr. McCardle is lead editor of the volumes The Voice of Evidence in Reading Research (Brookes, 2004); Childhood Bilingualism (Multilingual Matters, 2006), and Infant Pathways to Language: Methods, Models, and Research Directions (Erlbaum/Taylor-Francis, in press) and has served as guest editor of thematic journal issues on reading, bilingualism and English-language learner research.


Supported in part by: NIDCD and NICHD, NIH, R13 DC001677, Susan Ellis Weismer, Principal Investigator
University of Wisconsin-Madison - Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders