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Dr. UnJa Hayes

Dr. UnJa Hayes

Scientific Review Officer


Division of AIDS, Behavioral and Population Sciences DABP
Biobehavioral and Behavioral Processes BBBP
Study Section:
Biobehavioral Regulation, Learning, and Ethology BRLE

Prior to joining NIH, Dr. UnJa Hayes worked in the Office of Global Health at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Rwanda, where she advised on and managed health and social programs designed to improve maternal, newborn and child health and fight HIV/AIDS. She began her work in global health as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow at USAID in Washington, D.C. There, she served as a health research scientist, providing technical oversight and management of health research and technology development programs. Before entering federal service, Dr. Hayes was an assistant professor in psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her basic and translational research program focused on the effects of pregnancy and obstetric experiences on parental caregiving and postpartum mental health. Dr. Hayes received her Ph.D. in psychology/behavioral neuroscience from the University of Southern California and was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for Neuroendocrine Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.