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Francesca Dominici, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Research
Associate Dean for Information Technology
Professor of Biostatistics

Phone: 617.432.1209

Francesca Dominici, Associate Dean for Information Technology and Professor of Biostatistics was appointed Senior Associate Dean for Research in November 2013 to address institutional challenges, maximize opportunities, and optimize the health of the school’s research enterprise through the following key responsibilities:

  • Increasing the competitiveness of the Harvard T.H. Chan School’s research enterprise by:
    • Leading the Faculty Grant-Writing Short Course and additional faculty research development programs, services and workshops
    • Providing support for large, cross-cutting interdisciplinary research opportunities
    • Increasing faculty competitiveness for extramural support through seed funding programs, grant proposal development supports and faculty mentoring
    • Managing limited submission opportunities, internal competitions and internal pilot awards
  • Overseeing the Assistant Dean for Regulatory Affairs and Research Compliance to support compliance activities
  • Building the technological capacities of Harvard Chan School researchers by strengthening research computing infrastructure and assisting faculty in transitioning to the Big Data environment
  • Identifying and cultivating funding opportunities by matching faculty interests with foundation and philanthropic donors and advancing the school’s research development agenda through coordination with the Office of External Relations (OER) and other research development partners
  • Providing University-wide leadership to advance Research Development initiatives and priorities

 Dr. Dominici received her Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Padua, Italy in 1997. During her PhD, she spent two years as a visiting PhD student at Duke University, NC, USA. In 1997 she went to the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University as a post-doctoral fellow. In 1999 she was appointed Assistant Professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and in 2007 she was promoted to Full Professor with Tenure. In 2009 she moved to Harvard School of Public Health as a tenured Professor of Biostatistics and was appointed Associate Dean of Information Technology in 2011. Her most recent role as Senior Associate Dean for Research was added to her portfolio in 2013.

Please visit Dr. Dominici’s website for more information related to her research, leadership roles, and service to the School.


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Amanda Spickard, Master of Public Policy
Assistant Dean of Research Strategy and Development

Phone: 617.432.1711

Amanda Spickard is the Assistant Dean of Research Strategy and Development.
After completing her graduate work in Public Policy at the Johns Hopkins University, Amanda has spent the last 10 years promoting translational research within federal and university-based applied research facilities.

Prior to joining the Harvard Chan School, Amanda worked at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, directing multidisciplinary research and technical assistance projects; providing leadership to guide the school’s research development strategies; identifying and securing funding to support new areas of research, technical assistance and academic activities; and developing relationships with external partners.  In the US Department of Labor’s Office of Policy and Research, Amanda managed national demonstration research projects, chaired federal grant review committees, and assisted in the development of federal research, policy analysis and legislation.

Amanda holds a masters degree from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelors degree from Earlham College.


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Krista Coleman, MSM

Research Development Data Analyst and Strategy Specialist

Krista Coleman is the Research Development Data Analyst and Strategy Specialist for ORSD.  Her role focuses on developing and implementing research strategy policies to support faculty at the Harvard Chan School, data analysis that drives the advancement of research development for the school, and strategic leadership planning for compliance initiatives.

Prior to joining ORSD, Krista served as a Senior Grants Manager in the school’s Department of Biostatistics.  Her previous roles throughout her career in Research Administration include positions encompassing all aspects of the grants and contracts lifecycle at both the central and departmental levels at Partners Healthcare, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Tufts University.

Krista holds a masters degree from Emmanuel College and a bachelors degree from Worcester State University.



Leigh Melanson
Strategic Initiatives Specialist

Leigh Melanson is the Strategic Initiatives Specialist for ORSD. Her responsibilities include maintaining and building research development programming efforts to support Harvard Chan faculty, managing the office’s communication and outreach strategy, and improving business processes related to research development at both the school- and university-level.

Prior to joining ORSD, Leigh spent 8 years at Harvard Medical School as a Program Coordinator for Faculty and Postdoc Initiatives. Her knowledge and expertise were integral to the successful implementation of postdoc policies and creating programming for the Office for Postdoctoral Fellows. Additionally, her role interfaced with many different areas of University administration including Faculty Affairs and Sponsored Programs to improve support services for faculty.

Leigh holds a masters degree from the Harvard University Extension School and a bachelors degree from Trinity College.