Samantha Jonson is the dissemination and implementation strategy lead in the NCATS Office of the Director. In this capacity, she uses strategies developed in the burgeoning field of dissemination and implementation research to move the Center’s incredible breadth of work closer to its stakeholders. In 2013, Jonson joined NCATS’ Division of Clinical Innovation (DCI), where she coordinated the restructuring of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program in response to the recommendations of an Institute of Medicine report. Jonson was a significant contributor and key implementer of a cadre of CTSA Program initiatives, projects and committees, all focused on harnessing the power and expertise of the program components to create an integrated and transformative national collaborative. Furthermore, she shepherded the development of a national communication structure that helped link more than 60 CTSA Program hubs through national meetings, webinars, websites and newsletters. 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.
As a former special assistant to the NCATS director, Jonson has held a diverse portfolio of projects. She helped create and implement the NCATS components of National Institutes of Health (NIH) Helping to End Addition Long-term℠ Initiative, or NIH HEAL Initiative℠; provided support to the NCATS director in his role as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and NIH liaison to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and drove public engagement strategies to promote the work of NCATS to outside audiences.
Jonson holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Muhlenberg College; a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and a project management certificate from Georgetown University. She has received two NIH Director’s Awards and 10 NCATS Director’s Awards, with individual recognition as a Collaborator in 2017 and Unsung Hero in 2019.
Jonson takes a multidisciplinary “action-oriented” approach in her work and seeks to make improvements to the entire ecosystem rather than a singular problem in isolation.