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Transforming the understanding
and treatment of mental illnesses.

Office of Science Policy, Planning, and Communications (OSPPC)


The Office of Science Policy, Planning, and Communications (OSPPC) plans and directs a comprehensive strategic agenda for national mental health policy, including science program planning and related policy evaluation, research training and coordination, and technology and information transfer. OSPPC plans and implements portfolio analysis, scientific disease coding, and program evaluations for developing and assessing NIMH strategic plans and portfolio management. OSPPC also creates and implements the Institute's communication efforts, including information dissemination, media relations activities, and internal communications. The Office oversees outreach and education activities, including planning, coordinating, and promoting Institute interactions with patient advocacy, professional, scientific, and community-based organizations with specific interests in the mission and/or programs of NIMH. The Office is also responsible for managing issues related to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), correspondence control, and clearance services for the Institute.


Meredith A. Fox, Ph.D.
6001 Executive Blvd., Room 6196

Deputy Director

Julie L. Mason, Ph.D.
6001 Executive Blvd., Room 6189