Elizabeth Skillen, PhD
Senior Advisor, Policy, Research, Analysis and Development Office, Office of the Associate Director for Policy
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Dr. Elizabeth Skillen, serves as a Senior Advisor in the Policy, Research, Development and Analysis Office, Office of the Associate Director for Policy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) providing advice on the development of evidence-based approaches to accelerate the best prevention science into policy. Dr. Skillen has led cross agency teams to identify evidence-based approaches for improving community health, including the development of a CDC-wide social determinants of health Web portal of CDC data resources, tools for action, programs, and policy. Dr. Skillen previously served as the Associate Director for Policy in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP), CDC leading strategic budget formulation, performance measurement, and policy analysis and partnership for healthcare associated infections (HAI), blood, organ, and tissue safety, adverse drug events, immunization safety, and antimicrobial resistance. She evaluated state policies for HAI prevention with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) resulting in toolkits for states. She provided leadership to HHS in developing the HHS HAI Action plan and the HAI Focus Area for Healthy People 2020.
Elizabeth’s background is in environmental health and field ecology. She received her Bachelors of Environmental Health Science, Masters of Science in Entomology and Doctorate in Ecology from the University of Georgia. During her twelve years at the CDC, Dr. Skillen has served as a scientific review administrator, Acting Deputy for OADP and lead public engagement for the agency on the Immunization Safety Office scientific Agenda and the HHS Action Plan for HAIs.