Staff Profile: Samantha Jonson

Samantha G. Jonson, M.P.S.
Samantha G. Jonson, M.P.S.

Special Assistant to the Director

Office of the Director

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

National Institutes of Health

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Samantha Jonson works with the NCATS director on collaborative initiatives to advance translational science. She initially joined NCATS in 2013 in its Division of Clinical Innovation. Jonson was previously the program operations manager for the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program and was integral in the development and implementation of the Trial Innovation Network, the Common Metrics Initiative and the Domain Task Forces. Jonson oversaw all CTSA Program consortium communications through the organization of monthly webinars with grantees, in-person program meetings and, most notably, the creation of the CTSA Program newsletter, which is now known as “The Ansible.” Jonson continues to support the program as the executive secretary for the CTSA Program Steering Committee, which she has overseen since the group’s inception in 2014.

Jonson has a diverse portfolio of projects and works across NIH, with other federal organizations and with interested public stakeholders. Jonson is the NCATS organizing point-of-contact for the NIH HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-termSM) Initiative where she is responsible for organizing the work of the Center. Jonson is also a coordinator for both the NIH-NASA and HHS-NASA collaborations. These strategic collaborations promote and foster research relationships that benefit human health on Earth and in space.

Jonson holds a bachelor’s degree in both psychology and dance from Muhlenberg College, a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a graduate certificate in project management from Georgetown University. Jonson has received two NIH Director’s award and four NCATS Director’s awards.

Professional Interests

Jonson is motivated to help streamline and organize projects so that results can be achieved more efficiently. She also is excited to work with brilliant and innovative scientists every day.