The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is excited to announce Dr. Kera Lawson as our newest Research Fellow.

Dr. Kera Lawson joined the Potomac Institute as a Research Fellow in March 2020. She brings over decade of biomedical research and administration experience spanning across academia, nonprofit sector, and government. She previously served as a Senior Health Services Researcher, providing oversight of the scientific and programmatic review processes and subject matter expertise on the research-to-translation life cycle for the Defense Health Agency’s Research and Development Directorate (J-9). Prior to that role, she served as a contract Scientific Review Officer at the NIH Center for Scientific Review, in support of the Population Science and Epidemiology and the Healthcare Delivery Methodology Integrated Review Groups. In 2015, Dr. Lawson became the Director of Research and Education for Paralyzed Veterans of America. Her duties included strategic planning for the Research and Education foundations, management of both boards of directors and the Scientific Advisory board, and service as a liaison for PVA with federal and other nonprofit agencies. She also led the development and publication of the Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury clinical practice guideline. In 2012, Dr. Lawson worked as a consultant for the military’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate, where she managed a health effects research portfolio, conducted technological assessments, and analyzed the validity of biomedical and nanotechnological research. Prior to that role, she was a Behavioral Pharmacology Research Fellow in the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery. Dr. Lawson received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana and her doctorate in biomedical science (neuroscience and pharmacology) from Meharry Medical College.