Nida has over 20 years of experience in behavioral health research, policy, and practice.
Nida is a principal research scientist at NORC. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with research and clinical expertise in trauma, behavioral health, military and veteran health, women’s health, substance use, and integrated care.
Nida provides technical expertise and leadership on an array of epidemiological and program evaluation projects focused on behavioral health issues, including workforce burnout, suicide prevention, military community health, and evidence-based and trauma-informed care. In addition to her research and policy experience, Nida has provided psychological services across interdisciplinary clinical settings and currently conducts psychiatric disability examinations with veterans. Nida has co-authored 29 articles and book chapters and presented over 40 papers at national conferences. Her peer-reviewed work has appeared in JAMA Psychiatry, the American Journal of Epidemiology, BMC Public Health, and Medical Care among other journals.
Nida serves as a behavioral health SME on the VA ASCEND project, contributing to analyses and reporting of a recurring, nationally representative survey assessing suicidality among Veterans. The study is the most comprehensive surveillance to date of non-fatal self-directed violence and associated risk and protective factors among Veterans, including understudied groups such as females and Veterans seeking care outside of the VA. She is also an SME on the Wounded Warriors Project, contributing to the design and reporting of an annual survey to assess various facets of well-being among program participants. Nida is the Survey Development Lead on the HRSA Workforce Provider Resiliency Evaluation project to evaluate the two grant programs and one technical assistance center designed to reduce burnout and enhance resiliency among health care workforce populations. In this role, she leads the instrument development, informs the evaluation design, and contributes to analyses and technical reporting.
Prior to joining NORC, Nida was a principal associate at Abt Associates, leading the military health portfolio and serving as a senior advisor across projects related to behavioral health, substance use, and disability. She was also a senior legislative and federal affairs officer at the American Psychological Association, overseeing policy portfolios relating to women’s health and aging issues. Nida completed an American Association for the Advancement of Science-sponsored Science Policy Fellowship at The National Institutes of Health, Office of Research on Women's Health. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a Science & Technology Graduate Policy Fellowship at the National Academies.
Appointments & Affiliations
Public Education Committee Member and Program Deputy
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)
Honors & Awards
Inaugural Outstanding Scientific Impact Award | 2017
Annual Clinical Research Award | 2009
American Burn Association