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Mailing Address:
The Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
111 Mason Farm Road
MBRB 4300 A/B, CB 7105
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7105

Express Mail Address:
The Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
111 Mason Farm Road
MBRB 4300 A/B
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599

Telephone: 919.843.1351 Fax: 919.843.2666

The National Program Office (NPO) provides overall direction, technical assistance and development of core curriculum for the Clinical Scholars program. Since March 1, 2007, the NPO has been located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Department of Social Medicine with additional resources provided by the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
 Des Runyan

Desmond Runyan, MD, DrPH

National Program Director
Department of Pediatrics
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Desmond Runyan, MD, DrPH is National Program Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect and as the Jack and Viki Thompson Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado. Prior to joining the University of Colorado in 2012, Runyan served as a faculty member at UNC for 30 years including 7 years as chair of the Department of Social Medicine. Runyan was a RWJF Clinical Scholar at UNC from 1979-81 after medical school and residency at the University of Minnesota. He began his research career in the area of child abuse as a Clinical Scholar.

Dr. Runyan's work involves the application of clinical epidemiology to the problem of violence against children. His research has focused on the impact of societal intervention on the mental health functioning of the child victims. He has examined the impact of the foster care system, court testimony, and the medical examination on the children. His work has touched on all aspects of abuse including sexual abuse, physical abuse, Munchausen's Syndrome By Proxy, and Failure-to-Thrive. Dr. Runyan's current project is a 22-year study of the impact of abuse. Information about this study can be found at He participated in the UN Secretary General’s Study of Children and Violence as a member of the NGO Advisory Panel. His recent work has included prevention of shaken baby syndrome in a statewide trial and understanding the international epidemiology of child abuse.

Kristin Siebenaler
Kristin Siebenaler, MPA
Deputy Director

Kristin Siebenaler, MPA, is the National Program Deputy Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program. Prior to coming to UNC in 2007, she spent seven of the last eight years as a consultant and senior health research analyst for RTI International in Research Triangle Park, NC.  At RTI, she examined federal and state funding, policies and regulations designed to support the health and well-being of vulnerable populations, particularly persons of all ages with disabilities and children.  From 2002-2003, she served as Director of Strategic Planning for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina in Raleigh, NC. 

Between 1994-1999, she was a policy and program analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC, including two years as a Presidential Management Fellow.  Siebenaler has a bachelor’s degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Nisha Datta
Program Assistant

Michelle Patterson
Executive Assistant to Desmond Runyan, MD, DrPH


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