Farheen Akbar is a Scientific Program Analyst in the Office of Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation, National Institute on Aging (NIA). Previously, Ms. Akbar served as a Health Scientist Specialist and a Research Program Analyst with the Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR), NIA. At BSR, Ms. Akbar managed projects in behavioral medicine, health psychology, cognitive aging, health disparities, and interventions related to behavioral and social research on aging. Among other activities, she worked with senior staff to develop program areas, tracked various aspects of research project progress, organized exploratory meetings of experts to examine scientific areas, and responded to requests from Congress, NIH, and the general public.
Prior to joining NIH, Ms. Akbar worked in the Epidemiology Branch of the Office on Smoking and Health at the CDC in Atlanta. During that time, she led an evaluation of the national tobacco surveillance systems as well as collaborations with state departments to improve youth tobacco surveillance systems. Ms.Akbar earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Public Health (M.P.H) from the University of Florida in Gainesville.