Delores L. Parron-Ragland, PhD

Delores Parron-Ragland

Title: Retired Federal Agency Administrator

Location:
Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

Delores L. Parron-Ragland, PhD, Retired Federal Agency Administrator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Government.

Dr. Parron-Ragland is now retired from an incredible career in federal government, academia, and clinical practice. She was the first person to fill the legislatively mandated position of associate director for special populations at the National Institute of Mental Health from 1983 to 1999, and was a social science analyst for the President’s Commission for Mental Health at the White House. As senior program officer for the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Parron-Ragland was a key member in launching the new Division of Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine, which later influenced new initiatives adopted by the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other institutions.

Furthermore, Dr. Parron-Raglan worked as the deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) from 1999 to 2003. She also played a pivotal roll in 1984 when she worked with DHHS Secretary Margaret Heckler on establishing the DHHS Office on Minority Health. This served as a catalyst for the improvement of services and research directed to reducing health disparities among racial and ethnic groups in the US. One significant step was to establish a policy requirement that applications for research projects seeking funding from DHHS agencies would include women and racial and ethnic minorities in the study populations.  The results have made a significant impact on the knowledge base of health care and services delivery across the country.

A recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Parron-Ragland has appeared in several volumes of Who’s Who of American Women, and the 64th edition of Who’s Who in America. She is an alumna of Georgian Court College, and earned a MSW and a PhD from Catholic University. Dr. Parron-Ragland was a psychiatric social worker for some years, and later served as an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry of Howard University College of Medicine. Before her retirement in 2007, she served as a science adviser in capacity development for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

A former trustee of Georgian Court College and the Center for the Advancement of Health, Dr. Parron-Ragland has been recognized numerous times for her efforts in mental health. She holds Distinguished Alumnae Awards from Georgian Court University and the Catholic University of America. Dr. Parron-Ragland is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and has been a longstanding member of the National Association of Social Workers as well as the American Psychological Association. In 1993, Georgian Court established the Delores Parron-Ragland Scholarship, a four-year award for minority women in the top 10% of their class.

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