Krisjon Olson, PhD, was recently appointed to the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Scholars Program. This program, funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), aims to support mentored career development among junior faculty members.
Olson, a medical anthropologist and visiting assistant professor, Division of Cardiology, will study sex disparities in congenital heart disease (CHD). Her ultimate goal is to understand how family composition and decision-making impact sex differences in CHD survival. She will also engage in a variety of educational and career development opportunities.
Olson’s BIRCWH mentors are Ryan Coller, MD, MPH, associate professor and chief, Division of Hospital Medicine; Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MSPT, PT, associate professor, Division of Developmental Pediatrics and Rehabilitation; and Marcia Carlson, PhD, professor in the UW Department of Sociology. Olson’s project was awarded $331,074 over two years