Jeanne McDermott

Retired Grant Program Officer
Washington, DC, USA

Jeanne McDermott was a Program Officer in the Division of International Research and Training at the Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 2000 until she retired in Dec. 2016.  As a Program Officer, she was responsible for administrating research training grant programs that supported opportunities for training in HIV/AIDS in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). Over the 17 years of her administration, the programs evolved from training individual LMIC scientists in biomedical HIV research at U.S. institutions to emphasizing research training of LMIC individuals at U.S. and LMIC institutions that resulted in increased research capacity at an LMIC institutional level to better address the evolving HIV epidemic in the LMICs.

Her professional background is in nursing and midwifery (from Georgetown 1972 and 1979 respectively), with a public health emphasis through an MPH from Johns Hopkins (1983), and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from Emory (1996).

After working as a labor and delivery nurse (1972-78) and then midwife (1980-83) in the US, she began her international career in Malawi, where she taught nursing & midwifery at the University of Malawi (1984-86), and then served as the maternal health/family planning advisor in a USAID-funded Primary Health Care Project in Swaziland (1986-1988). Following completion of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (1988-1990) at the CDC, she continued at the malaria branch at CDC (1990-94) while pursuing her doctoral studies.  She has served as a consultant for World Health Organization and the World Bank (Republic of Georgia), and served as Training Advisor for a USAID-funded global maternal and neonatal health project (MotherCare) with emphasis on projects in Indonesia, Bolivia, Guatemala and Moldova from 1996 until 2000.