Ashley Golden Promoted to Director of ORAU’s Health Studies Program

Source: ORAU | Release | December 30, 2020

New director brings scientific, research and leadership expertise

Ashley GoldenThe Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education promoted Ashley Golden, Ph.D., to director of its health studies program, where she previously served as a group manager and biostatistician.

In her new role, Golden will oversee the health studies program, including organizational strategy and implementation along with the day-to-day operations. She also will serve as a subject matter expert for epidemiologic investigations, biostatistical analyses and interdisciplinary projects in the areas of occupational health, radiation exposure and dosimetry, medical surveillance, public health and survey analyses.

“We are thrilled for Ashley to take on this new role because of her extensive knowledge and experience in health research, especially in biostatistics,” said Jim Vosburg, director of ORISE. “She has proven herself as a natural leader, and we can’t wait to see how she will continue to energize our health studies program.”

For more than six years, Golden has supported the epidemiologic study of the One Million U.S. Radiation Workers and Veterans, a multi-institutional and multi-agency funded study for health effects of radiation exposure in which ORISE is a key collaborator.

Since joining the organization in 2012, Golden continues to provide analytical expertise and direction to four ORISE worker health data registries. In the ORISE Beryllium Laboratory, she participates in review of test results, new serum validation, proficiency procedures and research efforts. Additionally, Golden leads research studies and analyses for the U.S. Department of Energy Former Worker Program.

Golden holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in comparative and experimental medicine with a major in biostatistics and epidemiology from the University of Tennessee. She is an active scientist within the radiation epidemiology and occupational health scientific communities with numerous publications, invited presentations and service to scientific committees and journals.


The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education is a U.S. Department of Energy asset that is dedicated to enabling critical scientific, research, and health initiatives of the department and its laboratory system by providing world-class expertise in STEM workforce development, scientific and technical reviews, and the evaluation of radiation exposure and environmental contamination. ORISE is managed by ORAU, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

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