Libby O’Hare leverages her biomedical research expertise, background in research administration policy, and experience on Capitol Hill to provide strategic analysis and support to clients in the areas of biomedical research as well as research policy and regulation, with a particular focus on the National Institutes of Health.
Prior to joining Lewis-Burke, Dr. O’Hare was a Program Officer with the Board on Higher Education and Workforce at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine where she managed policy studies examining the regulatory structure governing scientific research, the competitiveness of American research universities, and STEM workforce development. In her role at the National Academies, Dr. O’Hare worked with higher education leaders to provide government, academic, and industry leaders with analysis and recommendations designed to inform action on issues in higher education and the science and engineering workforce.
Dr. O’Hare previously served as a Legislative Assistant for Representative Rush Holt, where she handled energy, science, and education policy issues and staffed Rep. Holt in his role as the Senior Democrat on the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, House Committee on Natural Resources. In this role, Dr. O’Hare managed legislative and political strategy, built coalitions, and negotiated among stakeholders to advance legislative priorities related to energy and environmental policy, scientific research, higher education, and innovation.
Dr. O’Hare got her start in science policy after being selected by the Society for Research on Child Development as a 2010 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Science Policy Fellow. Her academic research career focused on understanding relationships between changes in brain structure and the development of reasoning, memory, and problem solving abilities in children and adolescents. Dr. O’Hare’s research was supported by awards from the National Institutes of Health, Association of Women in Science, and the University of California.
Dr. O’Hare holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles and an A.B. in Psychology from Bryn Mawr College.