Marin P. Allen, Ph.D. is the Deputy Associate Director for Communications and Public Liaison (OCPL) and Director of the Public Information Office in (OCPL), in the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
OCPL is responsible for all phases of internal and external strategic communication. The Public Information Office is a focal point for health and science writing, health literacy, clear communication, plain language, cultural competency, and language access initiatives. It is also responsible for NIH programs and resources for the public including regular publications in print and on the web: The NIH Record, NIH: News in Health, and Research Matters! The Public Information Office also manages the NIH Visitors Center and the NIH Nobel Laureate Hall, special events, and grantee public information office relations.
Prior to 2004, Dr. Allen was the Communication Director and Public Liaison Officer for the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) at NIH. She led the NIDCD’s first communications, legislation, and policy office programs. Marin has 30 years of communications, public health education, outreach, and media relations experience.
Before joining NIH, she directed public relations for Gallaudet University (GU) from 1988-1990. From 1981 to 1990, she was on the faculty and became a tenured, full-professor and Chair of the Department of Television, Film, and Photography in the School of Communication at GU during her service there. Prior to Gallaudet, Marin was a media specialist with the White House Conference on Aging. At the beginning of her career, she was a faculty member in communications at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Marin has two EMMY awards for programs she produced that aired for five years on the Discovery Channel and PBS. She was elected for two terms to the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences DC Chapter and as an emeritus member of the Board of the Council on International Non-Theatrical Events (CINE). She is a two time CINE award winner.
She has been involved in trans-agency efforts in health literacy, cultural competency, behavioral research communication, women’s health, and health communication. Marin is the NIH representative to the HHS working group on health literacy and has been a repeated contributor to Healthy People efforts for 2000, 2010, and 2020 in communications, health IT, and health literacy. During her academy experience, Dr. Allen has taught in all areas of public communication and health policy.