Melinda Laroco Boehm comes to us from the University of California, Merced where she led a centralized RD team to support faculty research strategy and grant-getting in 3 schools (Engineering, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts) and 2 organized research units (Health Sciences Research Institute and Sierra Nevada Research Institute).
As an RD professional, Melinda has partnered with faculty on single-investigator and complex, multi-PI/multi-institution proposals from federal granting agencies (including NIH, NSF, NASA, USDA, DOD, and AFOSR) as well as numerous state agencies. She enjoys driving institutional growth through strategic grant-getting and assessing research landscape trends to distill actionable steps to meet collective goals.
Melinda currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) (2021-2024). She received her PhD in Medical Sociology (Case Western Reserve University ’14) where she received a nationally competitive Fellowship from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to focus on understanding senior public housing residents’ foodscape navigation and catechize issues surrounding elusive longer-term behavior changes of health interventions in Cleveland, Ohio.