The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) announced the election of Jenelle S. Krishnamoorthy, PhD, associate vice president for global policy, communications and population health at Merck, to its Board of Directors.
“I am thrilled to join SWHR’s Board of Directors and contribute to the Society’s goal of promoting research on biological differences in disease and drawing attention to areas of unmet need in women’s health,” Krishnamoorthy said. “I hope my experience and passion for health policy can help further SWHR’s efforts to inform policies to ensure they benefit women and meet their health care needs.”
Prior to joining Merck, Krishnamoorthy worked on health policy for 10 years for Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). She served for five years as the health policy director for the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee when Harkin was chairman.
Krishnamoorthy first worked with Harkin as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. AAAS also selected her for a diplomacy fellowship with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of South Asian Affairs, where she focused on health, science, technology, and environment issues with India.
“SWHR is pleased to have Dr. Krishnamoorthy join the Board of Directors,” said SWHR President and CEO Amy M. Miller, PhD. “Her expertise tackling health care issues in public policy is a great asset as SWHR carries out its mission to advance women’s health through science, advocacy, and education.”
Trained as a licensed clinical psychologist, Krishnamoorthy completed her pediatric clinical psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Brown Medical School, where she conducted research in the areas of childhood obesity and tobacco issues. She received her bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon College, her master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, and her doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University.
A full list of the SWHR Board of Directors is available here.