President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate massage therapist and researcher Janet R. Kahn, Ph.D., to an administration post.

Once the nomination is made and accepted, Kahn will be a member of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health.

Kahn “is currently a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine, a position she has held since 2002,” noted a statement released by the White House. “Since 2000, Dr. Kahn has been a Faculty Preceptor in the Fellowship Program in Complementary, Alternative, and General Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kahn helped found the Integrated Health Policy Consortium in 2002, where she was on the Steering Committee until 2005, thereafter serving as Executive Director until 2011.

“In addition,” the statement continued, “Dr. Kahn was the Director of Integrated Health Care of the Community Health Center of Burlington from 2008 to 2010, the Director of Research of the Massage Therapy Research Consortium from 2003 to 2008, and a Senior Research Scientist at the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women from 1997 to 2000.” She is also a former MASSAGE Magazine columnist, having authored the magazine’s Research Matters column for several years.

Read the statement from the White House here.

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