Beda Jean-François, Ph.D.

Division of Scientific Programs
Clinical and Health Services Research
Email: Beda.Jean-Francois@nih.gov
Phone: 301-594-9764

Dr. Beda Jean-François is a health scientist administrator at NIMHD. She manages a diverse grant portfolio of extramural research and training programs. Her research interests include life-course perspectives on health and disease, health information technology, reproductive health equity, childhood obesity, homeless families, and behavioral health prevention services. Prior to joining NIMHD in 2017, she was a social science analyst in the Center of Behavioral Health Statistics in the Performance, Quality and Evaluation Branch at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). During her tenure at SAMHSA, she functioned as a program evaluation consultant and research methodologist to contract management teams to provide expertise on program evaluation designs of national cross-site evaluations for a complex portfolio of grant-funded behavioral health promotion and prevention services, interventions, and training programs. Prior to her work at SAMHSA, she was a faculty member at the public school and university levels and served as a research psychologist with the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Jean-François earned her Ph.D. in applied developmental psychology and master’s in education with an emphasis on learning and reading disabilities from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, in 1999.

Selected Publications

  • Lipari, R., & Jean-François, B. Trends in perception of risk and availability of substance use among full-time college students. CBHSQ Report. Rockville, MD: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; August 16, 2016.
  • Lipari, R., & Jean-François, B. A day in the life of college students aged 18-22: Substance use facts. CBHSQ Report. Rockville, MD: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; May 26, 2016.
  • Jean-François, B. (2013, June 3). Program evaluation: Why is it relevant? [Blog post]