2014 Presidential Management Fellow – Tim Puetz
Tim Puetz is a Presidential Management Fellow in the At-Large Program at the National Institutes of Health. Tim received his Master of Public Health in Behavioral Science and Certificates in Mental Health, Socio-contextual Determinants of Health, Global Complex Humanitarian Emergencies, and Human Rights from Emory University. He also has earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and a Master of Science in Human Performance and Wellness from Pittsburg State University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Biopsychology from the University of Georgia.
His scientific research has focused on the intersection of physiology and psychology, especially as it relates to the effects of physical activity on anxiety, depression, fatigue, and pain in patients with chronic disease. Tim has conducted research related to the effects of exercise on feelings of fatigue in cancer survivors, psychological outcomes associated with exercise during and after pregnancy, the effects of exercise on physiological tremor and neuroreflexes, and the effect of caffeine on pain perception. Tim has published over a dozen scientific papers and two book chapters in the area of physiological psychology.
His professional work experience includes teaching adapted physical education specializing in students with behavior and conduct disorder, serving in the United States Army as an officer in both the Medical Service Corps and Infantry to include a tour in Afghanistan, and working in non-profit organizations dedicated to armed conflict and mental health. Tim also has worked as a Program Evaluation and Management Specialist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Division of Strategic National Stockpile. He also has partnered with the Republic of Liberia's Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in conjunction with The Carter Center's Mental Health Program to examine the accessibility of psychotropic medicines through the evaluation of the national pharmaceutical supply chain.
While at the National Institutes of Health, Tim is focusing his rotation-based fellowship in the areas of general administration and science policy. He has developed a strong interest in leveraging his scientific research background to help inform policy and administrative processes. His rotations include working in the National Human Genome Research Institute, Financial Management Branch and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Office of Acquisitions. During this time, he has helped evaluate the National Human Genome Research Institute’s existing IT systems and coding structures used to support the financial management of the institute’s strategic plan and initiatives.