Nedra Whitehead

Senior Director, Center for Genomics in Public Health and Medicine

Nedra Whitehead


  • PhD, Epidemiology, Emory University
  • MS. Medical Genetics, Indiana University
  • BA, Biology, Indiana University

Nedra Whitehead, PhD, CGC has more than 25 years of professional experience in genetics, epidemiology, and surveillance. Dr. Whitehead leads and contributes to a wide ranges of studies on the application of genetics and genomics to public health and clinical practice, genetic and reproductive epidemiology, the evaluation of genomic and biomarker tests, and surveillance of genetic conditions. She serves as the principal investigator and project director of contracts and grants with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other agencies. Her current research is focused on muscular dystrophy surveillance, surveillance of other rare conditions, and evaluation of interventions to improve laboratory quality. She also provides expertise in genetics and genomics to other projects.

Before joining RTI in 2005, Dr. Whitehead was with the CDC, where she was the lead epidemiologist for the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS). She has published in the areas of genetic and perinatal epidemiology and has developed educational materials and curricula in genetics and epidemiology for professionals and patients. Dr. Whitehead is certified in genetic counseling by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.