Matthew Kinnard, Ph.D.
Matthew A. Kinnard has served as a Consultant Health Scientist Administrator for individual faculty and students and for academic institutions since January 2006, serving as a presenter, reviewer, facilitator and or moderator at various workshops and seminars focused on technical STEM proposal preparation and review. Also since January 2007, he simultaneously served as adjunct professor of physiology, anatomy and biology at the University of the District of Columbia lecturing and supervising a variety of courses for the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. He has also served as a mentor and role model for the spectrum of students ranging from high school to graduate and professional schools throughout his extensive career in science.
Prior to his current position, he served as an expert consultant/contractor to the Extramural Associates (EA) Program of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) from January 2006 until December 2006. Prior to his retirement from NIH in 2006, he was Director of the EA Program for 11 years. The major objective of the EA Program was to facilitate the entry and increased participation of women’s and minority institutions in biomedical and behavioral research and research training activities. As Director of the EA Program, he recruited EA participants, designed and monitored the residency training for participants from EA-eligible institutions and managed the Extramural Associates Research Development Award (EARDA) grant portfolio.
Prior to becoming Director of the EA Program, he served as Director of the Oral Soft Tissue Diseases and AIDS Program of the National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR), NIH, serving simultaneously as the Coordinator of NIDR’s Extramural Programs minority-related initiatives. In the past, he also served as Division Chief of Field Operations, Medical Research Service, Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) overseeing medical research at over 150 VA hospitals and clinics in the U.S. and its territories. Also while employed at the DVA, he served as Special Assistant to the Director of Medical Research Service, managing and promoting Agent Orange and Radiation-related research activities.
He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Biology and Zoology, summa cum laude respectively, from Tennessee State University (TSU) in Nashville, Tennessee and his Ph.D. in Neurophysiology, with distinction, from Georgetown University. He worked as a research biologist while serving in the U.S. Army at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and subsequently as a civilian at the National Institute of Mental Health, NIH prior to receiving an NIH Public Health Service pre-doctoral fellowship to pursue his Ph.D. He is one of nine siblings who attended and graduated from Tennessee State University (TSU) over a 21-year span earning an aggregate 14 degrees.
Between and during his extensive Federal career, he served as a full-time Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Physiology at UDC and as a high school science teacher. Since 1980, he has served continuously as an outside examiner for the Howard University School of Medicine, Department of Physiology Doctoral Dissertation Committee for Ph.D. candidates. He continues to actively participate in civic and community organizations and has mentored several high school, undergraduate, graduate and professional degree seeking students.
He is the recipient of several NIH Merit Awards, the coveted Hartford-Nicholsen Award from the International Society of Research Administrators, the TSU Distinguished Alumnus Award the Distinguished Immaculata Medal from Immaculata University and other awards too numerous to mention. He has authored and co-authored several scientific publications in refereed journals and has served as a reviewer of STEM grant proposals for a number of Federal agencies including NIH, DVA, Health Research and Services Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Science Foundation. During his distinguished professional career, he traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and its territories and to Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, Africa and the Caribbean speaking on a broad range of health-related topics.