Health Experts

Slater, MeganMegan E. Slater

Dr. Slater is an epidemiologist with expertise in alcohol and other substance use, cancer, and physical activity. She has worked for CSR as a research analyst on the Alcohol Epidemiologic Data System (AEDS) contract for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism since 2014. She conducts epidemiologic studies and prepares analytic reports on topics related to patterns of alcohol use, other substance use, and substance use disorders. Dr. Slater also prepares surveillance reports on trends in substance use among reproductive-age females and trends in per capita alcohol consumption. Her statistical expertise includes using complex SAS, SUDAAN, and R programming to perform analyses of large national datasets from cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys. As a key member of the AEDS analytical team, she provides quick-turnaround statistics and analytic support and consultation for NIAAA officials on request.

Currently Dr. Slater is acting project manager for AEDS. Her professional interests include serving as a peer reviewer for seven professional journals, including Mayo Clinic Proceedings and the American Journal of Epidemiology. She has written or coauthored more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles, as well as researching and writing various NIAAA publications on the epidemiologic aspects of alcohol and other substance use.

Dr. Slater earned her master of public health degree and her doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota.


Scott EddieScott Edie

Dr. Edie brings 20 years of substance abuse publication management experience and 5 years of project management expertise in the area of biomedical content and publications production. Since October 2012, he has supervised day-to-day operation of NIDA Notes for the National Institute on Drug Abuse, directing topic identification, article development and technical writing, editing, quality control, and review. For NIDA Notes, Dr. Edie supervises a science editor, a staff writer, and a pool of 9 freelance science writers, providing scientific expertise. He also provides scientific input to the graphics development team. A key part of his duties is to coordinate and manage communications with the NIDA Notes COR/Editor, NIDA staff members on the publication’s Editorial Board, and with researchers in the field. He tracks the status of all projects and stages of development.  He also managed topic identification, content development, and production for the online publication BioBeat for the Office of Communications and Public Liaison, National Institute of General Medicine Sciences (NIGMS).

Previously, Dr. Edie served as publications manager for the National Alcohol Education Program (NAEP), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), for a decade. He oversaw production of all NAEP publications, including Alcohol Research: Current Reviews, Alcohol Alert bulletins, professional materials, and brochures for the public.

Dr. Edie has strong skills in scientific research evaluation and analysis and biomedical research, with an emphasis on substance abuse. He has formal training in biochemistry; physiology; genetics; microbiology; statistical analysis, including analysis of variance; and experimental design, having earned his doctorate in plant physiology from the University of California at Davis. He has published several peer-reviewed scientific articles and has acted as peer reviewer for various scientific journals.


Barbara VannBarbara Vann

Ms. Vann has nearly 30 years of experience in the science-communications field. She is skilled in bringing research findings to a broad audience, using a variety of mediums—publications, conference exhibits, e-learning, graphic arts, and Web-based materials. For 23 years, she supported the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) in developing outreach and communications for diverse audiences. From 1993 to 2016, Ms. Vann was Managing Editor for Alcohol Research: Current Reviews, NIAAA’s peer review publication for researchers and clinicians. She currently consults with NIAAA program staff to prepare manuscripts for publication in scholarly research journals. She also serves as a communications specialist for the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, assisting with science communications and social media.

As a writer, Ms. Vann’s byline has appeared on more than 150 articles, in both consumer magazines and scholarly journals. Previously she oversaw the startup and continued production of four publications, including two peer-reviewed journals on neurology and ophthalmology. Since 2004, she has served on a panel of judges selected from the magazine industry for the prestigious Eddie Awards, conducted by Red 7 Media’s Folio magazine. In 2007 and 2008, she helped judge the EXCEL Awards, recognizing the “best and brightest” in association publishing, an event sponsored by the Society of National Association Publications (now known as Association Media & Publishing).

Ms. Vann has a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in biology from George Mason University.