Meryl Sufian, Ph.D.

Division of Scientific Programs
Integrative Biological and Behavioral Sciences
Phone: 301-594-8758

Dr. Meryl Sufian is a Program Officer at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Prior to joining NIMHD, she was a Program Director in the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program where she was the lead on Community Engagement, Evaluation, and the CTSA Common Metrics initiative in the Division of Clinical Innovation at the National Center on Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). Dr. Sufian, previously, was a Health Research Evaluator at NCATS and the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) Office of Science Policy where she conducted a national evaluation of the CTSA Program.

Prior to NCRR, Dr. Sufian served as Program Officer in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) where she managed a portfolio of cancer survivorship research and chaired the DCCPS Health Disparities Interest Group (HDIG).

Before joining NIH, Dr. Sufian conducted community-based HIV prevention research and multi- site behavioral health intervention research with high-risk populations in New York City. She also led community-based demonstration projects and evaluated a national CDC HIV prevention program.

Dr. Sufian received a B.A. in Sociology from Hunter College and a Ph.D. in Medical Sociology from the Graduate School of the City University of New York.

Selected Publications

  • Sufian M, Grunbaum J et. al. “Program Evaluation and Evaluating Community Engagement.” In Principles of Community Engagement, 2nd edition. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services, 2011. Retrieved from
  • Sufian M. "Cultural Context of Treatment." In H. Spiera and I. Oreskes (eds.) Rheumatology for the Health Care Professional, 1991. St. Louis, MO: Warren H. Green.
  • Sufian, M., Friedman, S. R., Curtis, R., Neaigus, A., & Stepherson, B. (1991). Organizing as a new approach to AIDS risk reduction for intravenous drug users. J Addict Dis, 10(4), 89-98. doi:10.1300/J069v10n04_07