Vice President of Science
Dr. Berger joined DISCUS in 2020 as an expert in Science and Health, after more than 15 years conducting public health research in academia and in the nonprofit and private sectors. Most recently, she was the Vice President of Research for Porter Novelli in Washington, DC, where she led their U.S. research practice and offered health and science support on a range of issues including pharmaceuticals, food and nutrition, and consumer goods. Prior to that, Dr. Berger served in research scientist roles at various research and development organizations, where she provided counsel on government health and education campaigns, programs, and policies. Her clients have included the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and others.
Previously, Dr. Berger was awarded a National Academy of Medicine Regulatory Science Fellowship and was an affiliate member of the Maryland Population Research Center. She also held adjunct faculty and lecturer roles for more than a decade, most recently at The University of Maryland’s School of Public Health. Dr. Berger earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland; M.A. from George Washington University; and B.S. from Vanderbilt University.
Amanda is a fourth generation Washingtonian and currently lives just outside of DC with her French Bulldog and husband (who proposed to her after a whiskey distillery tour!).
Amanda’s favorite drink? “Either a rye old fashioned or a vodka martini… but my hidden talent is making frozen cocktails!”
Something you should know about Amanda? She is adventurous when it comes to food and drink… she will try anything once (but doesn’t promise there will be a second time).