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Your Environment. Your Health.

Symma Finn

Population Health Branch (PHB)

Symma Finn, Ph.D.
Symma Finn, Ph.D.
Program Officer
Tel 984-287-3259
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K3-04
Durham, N.C. 27709

Symma Finn, Ph.D., has been a scientific research administrator since 1984 working in academia, for a rare genetic disease organization, and at the NIH. She joined the NIEHS Division of Extramural Research and Training in 2011 after concluding an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Policy Fellowship in the NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities. Finn administers community-engaged and social scientific research and develops new areas of interest in communications and environmental health literacy. She serves as Program Director for the NIH-EPA Centers of Excellence for Health Disparities Research and oversees outreach and dissemination activities for the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program. Finn is the NIEHS point of contact for Tribal research and serves on a number of NIH and trans-federal committees related to Traditional Ecological Knowledge, environmental justice and social scientific research. She received her Ph.D. in medical anthropology from the University of Florida for her work on quantifying patient empowerment and has a MA in environmental anthropology from the University of Miami for her work on the anthropological aspects of ecosystem management.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Social and behavioral research
  • Community-engaged and community resilience research
  • Health disparities
  • Environmental health literacy and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education
  • Environmental and Genomic Data sharing
  • Deepwater Horizon Research Consortia
  • Breast Cancer & the Environment Research Program
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