Director, Division of Program Innovation
Beth A. Collins Sharp is the director of the Division of Program Innovation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health (OWH). Most recently, Dr. Collins Sharp was senior advisor for women's health and gender research and senior advisor for nursing at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Prior to holding the senior advisor positions, she was director of the Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC) program at AHRQ. Before joining AHRQ, Dr. Collins Sharp served on the faculty of the Medical University of South Carolina's College of Medicine and as director of research for the obstetrics/gynecology department. She has taught at three large university schools of nursing and has served as nurse coordinator in the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network. Dr. Collins Sharp has practiced in a community hospital's general medicine and postpartum units, an obstetric emergency room, and a university's mother-baby inpatient unit.
During the course of her career, she has served as a member of a university institutional review board, chair of a university's general clinical research center scientific research committee, and president of the Southern Nursing Research Society. She was the science team leader for the development of evidence-based guidelines on cyclic perimenstrual pain and discomfort.