King named to new post of associate provost for biomedical research

UMass Medical School Communications

April 11, 2014

Jean A. King, PhDJean A. King, PhD, professor of psychiatry, has been appointed to the new position of associate provost for biomedical science research, according to Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education, executive deputy chancellor, provost, dean of the School of Medicine. Dr. King, who has served as vice chair for research, director of the Center for Comparative Neuroimaging, and director of the Career Development and Research Office, will begin this new role on May 15, reporting directly to Dean Flotte.

“As associate provost for biomedical science research, Dr. King will develop the overall vision for and advancement of basic science research at UMMS; she will serve as a member of my senior leadership team and work collaboratively with other senior leadership to ensure that advancing excellence in basic science research is fully integrated into our Academic Health Sciences Center Strategic Plan,” said Flotte.

King will also be responsible for integration and oversight of research support operations, including grants administration, institutional compliance, basic science research space review, IACUC and animal research services and facilities, the library and core facilities, all of which provide services and innovation to support the growth of high impact research, while ensuring regulatory compliance for the institution. She will also work collaboratively with Vice Provost for Clinical and Translational Research Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, and the leadership of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science to facilitate the growth of a full spectrum of basic, clinical and translational research.

A former Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine fellow, King is a recent recipient of the Outstanding Mentor Award from the Women’s Faculty Committee. Her current laboratory research includes studies involving imaging of nicotine-induced behavioral sensitization with fMRI; evaluating the significance of cholinergic influence in ADHD; developing a neural marker for mindfulness; and longitudinally assessing the impact of early trauma on neural circuitry development, all reflecting the important expansion of the field of functional neuroimaging, an area where she has long been a pioneer.