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Elizabeth Brondolo, Ph.D.

St. John’s Professor Among Top Scientists Invited to Join New NIH Grant Review “College”

A St. John’s psychology professor is among the top scientists invited to be a founding member of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) “college” that reviews application grants by leading researchers.

Elizabeth Brondolo, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, accepted the invitation to join the new College of CSR Reviewers, whose members will review promising grant applications in their individual fields. Serving for two years, Dr. Brondolo will review a maximum of 12 grant applications per year.

“It’s a big honor for one of our scientists to be asked to join this newly formed NIH ‘college’ of reviewers,” said Jeffrey Fagen, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Dean of St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. According to Antonio Scarpa, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Center for Scientific Review (CSR), membership in the College of CSR Reviewers is reserved for “senior respected members of the scientific community with a strong commitment to peer review.”

In another recent honor, Dr. Brondolo was selected to chair the Committee on Health Disparities Committee in Division 38 of the American Psychological Association. The Division is dedicated to eliminating ethnic and racial disparities in physical and mental health.

Social influences on health are a major area of scholarly interest for Dr. Brondolo. She and her students at St. John’s conduct research in “the psychophysiology of interpersonal conflict,” including the health effects of racism and ethnic discrimination. Their research has been funded by agencies such as the American Heart Association; the NIH; and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.