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Dr. Chantelle Ferland-Beckham

Dr. Chantelle Ferland-Beckham

Senior Director for External Affairs, Cohen Veterans Bioscience
Chantelle Ferland-Beckham, PhD, is a translational neuroscientist by training, with over 20 years of experience developing and validating preclinical models of neuropsychiatric disorders and brain injury. She is also an experienced public policy and advocacy professional, having spent nearly 10 years working on advocacy and public policy issues at the local, state and federal levels. After earning her PhD in Neuroscience from Tulane University, she went on to complete postdoctoral fellowships in both traumatic brain injury and clinical and preclinical models of co-morbid addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder. She was later selected to be an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In this role as a Health Science Policy Analyst, she worked to promote progress in biomedical research and strengthen the relationship between the NIH and Congress. Additionally, she was part of the Fellows in Innovation initiative, spearheaded by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, analyzing current strategies and providing policy recommendations for suicide prevention in current and former members of the US military. In 2017, she joined Cohen Veterans Bioscience (CVB), a non-profit biomedical research and technology organization dedicated to advancing brain health by fast-tracking precision diagnostics and tailored therapeutics. Now as the Senior Director of External Affairs, she oversees the development of CVB’s policy and advocacy agenda, including promoting and expanding CVB’s role as a leader in brain health and leading the Coalition to Heal Invisible Wounds. She also leads CVB's education and outreach activities to promote research integrity and develop and strengthen relationships with patient, Veterans’ service and other stakeholder communities.
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