Dr. Gadd received her Bachelors degree in Textile Engineering from NC State, and an MBA from Winthrop University, where she joined the faculty before returning to school to get a Masters in Medical Informatics from Duke, and a PhD in Information Systems and Cognitive Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She then joined the faculty at Pittsburgh, with a research emphasis in technology evaluation. She also took on the role of Principal Investigator of the NLM Informatics Training Program at Pittsburgh. In 2005, she was recruited to become Director of Educational Programs and Principal Investigator of Vanderbilt's National Library of Medicine-supported training grant, and is currently Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics. She also developed and directed a medical informatics training program for Africa supported by the NIH's Fogarty International Center to build the capacity of biomedical scientists, clinicians, and other health professionals in Sub Saharan Africa to use and construct computer-based tools such as automated libraries, online communications, databases, and analytic software that advance biomedical research and public health in Africa. Over the past decade, she has mentored more than 30 graduate students, and has been an active contributor to AMIA as a member of the Education Committee, co-chair of the People and Organizational Issue Working Group, and chair of the 10x10 Steering Committee. These sustained contributions to the field are recognized by her election to the College.