Sylvia Parsons is a program analyst in the Policy Branch of NCATS’ Office of Policy, Communications and Education, where she is responsible for projects involving science policy evaluation, planning and analysis. She also is engaged in NCATS-related congressional and legislative activities. Prior to the establishment of NCATS, Parsons served in a similar capacity at the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), where she also worked on special projects for the center director in support of the director’s NIH leadership role to advance the careers of women in biomedical science.
Before joining NCRR, Parsons served as an analyst for the director of extramural research at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, where she was responsible for conducting program analysis, creating policies and procedures for the extramural division, writing program summaries, managing and tracking all Institute initiatives and workshops for the Institute director, researching congressional requests, and managing contracts.
Prior to her tenure at NIH, Parsons worked in the congressional Office of Technology Assessment and as a legislative assistant in the congressional office of Rep. Esteban E. Torres. She subsequently went to work at the White House in the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Clinton. Early in her career, she worked as an editorial assistant at The New England Journal of Medicine.
Parsons graduated cum laude with a B.A. in social science from Point Loma College (currently Point Loma Nazarene University) in San Diego, California.
Parsons appreciates the opportunity to use her science-related and congressional experience to support NCATS’ mission of bringing more treatments to more patients more quickly.