Dr. Rosemary Roberts is the Director for the newly realigned Staff, renamed Counter-Terrorism and Emergency Coordination Staff (CTECS) in the Office of the Center Director, as of September 2014. Prior to the realignment, Dr. Roberts was the Director of the Office of Counter-Terrorism and Emergency Coordination (OCTEC) from September 2004 to September 2014. CTECS works with sponsors developing countermeasures against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats prior to the pre-IND stage. In addition, CTECS is the FDA point of contact for the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) which is maintained by the CDC. CTECS is also responsible for coordinating emergency preparedness and response for CDER.
Prior to this position, Dr. Roberts was the Deputy Director of the Office of the Counter-Terrorism and Pediatric Drug Development for three years. In this position, her major responsibility was the implementation of pediatric provisions of the FDA Modernization Act, and the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act. She served as Federal Advisor to the National Advisory Committee on Children and Terrorism.
Dr. Roberts received her BS, summa cum laude, from the Ohio State University (OSU) in 1971 and her Doctor of Medicine, cum laude, from the OSU College of Medicine in 1974. She completed her pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Pediatric infectious disease training consisted of one year of clinical infectious disease training at the Oklahoma Children’s Memorial Hospital in 1980 to 1981 and two years of post-doctoral research at Georgetown University in Washington, DC from 1981 to 1983. Dr. Roberts is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases.