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Revised November 2018

To schedule an interview with one of the following NIDA subject matter experts, please contact the NIDA Press Office at 301-443-6245 or media@nida.nih.

Nora D. Volkow, M.D.

Nora D. Volkow, M.D.
Director
(Available for interviews in both English and Spanish)
Dr. Volkow is a world leader on the neurobiology of addiction. As director of NIDA, she oversees an annual budget of approximately $1 billion and a staff of 400 federal employees.

Areas of Expertise: Science of addiction; brain imaging; addiction as a brain disease; HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) initiative; prescription drug misuse; opioid addiction; effects of drugs on the teenage brain; stigma; Monitoring the Future survey of teen drug use

 
Wilson M. Compton, M.D., M.P.E.

Wilson M. Compton, M.D., M.P.E.
Deputy Director

Areas of Expertise: Prescription drug misuse; opioid addiction; fentanyl; epidemiology; Monitoring the Future survey of teen drug use; nicotine/tobacco addiction; e-cigarettes/vaping; Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study

 
Ruben Baler, Ph.D.

Ruben Baler, Ph.D.
Health Scientist
(Available for interviews in both English and Spanish)

Areas of Expertise: Neurobiology of drug use and addiction; effects of drug use on the body and the brain; Monitoring the Future survey of teen drug use; anabolic steroids; marijuana; inhalants 

 
Michael Baumann, Ph.D.

Michael Baumann, Ph.D.
Chief, Designer Drug Research Unit, Intramural Research Program

Areas of Expertise: Pharmacology and toxicology of newly-emerging designer drugs, including synthetic cathinones (e.g., “bath salts”) and synthetic cannabinoids (e.g., K2/“Spice”)

 
Carlos Blanco, M.D., Ph.D.

Carlos Blanco, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research
(Available for interviews in both English and Spanish)

Areas of Expertise: Epidemiology; addiction prevention and treatment; comorbidity, including mood, depression, or anxiety disorders; behavioral addiction

 
Antonello Bonci, M.D.

Antonello Bonci, M.D.
Scientific Director, Intramural Research Program
(Available for interviews in both English and Italian)

Areas of Expertise: Optogenetics, neuropsychopharmacology; long-term effects of drugs on the brain; basic and translational research

 
Redonna Chandler, Ph.D.

Redonna Chandler, Ph.D. 
Director, AIDS Research Program

Areas of Expertise: Research on HIV/AIDS and drug use; HEALing Communities Study; NIDA Avant-Garde Awards; addiction prevention and treatment for criminal justice populations; evidence-based treatment in clinical practice

 
Gayathri Dowling, Ph.D.

Gayathri Dowling, Ph.D.
Director, Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Project

Areas of Expertise: ABCD study, marijuana and the teenage brain, drugs and aging

 
Steven Gust, Ph.D.

Steven Gust, Ph.D.
Director, International Program/Special Assistant to the Director

Areas of Expertise: Global research, training and education; marijuana research; NIDA Drug Supply Program

 
Ivan Montoya, M.P.H., M.D.

Ivan Montoya, M.P.H., M.D.
Acting Director, Division of Therapeutics and Medical Consequences
(Available for interviews in both English and Spanish)

Areas of Expertise: Medications development; Focused OUD Medications Development Research Project; treatment of substance use disorders; addiction vaccine development; clinical trial data and safety monitoring

 
Jack Stein, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Jack Stein, M.S.W., Ph.D.
Director, Office of Science Policy and Communications

Areas of Expertise: Drug use and HIV-related research, science policy and practice; addiction prevention and treatment; prescription drug and opioid misuse; NIH HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) initiative on opioid research

 
David Thomas, Ph.D.

David Thomas, Ph.D.
Health Scientist/NIDA NIH Pain Consortium Representative

Areas of Expertise: Prescription drug and opioid misuse and addiction; pain management; NIH Pain Consortium Centers of Excellence in Pain Education

 
Tisha Wiley Ph.D

Tisha Wiley, Ph.D
Health Scientist Administrator

Areas of Research: Treatment in criminal justice populations; The Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network; services/research implementation science; opioid addiction treatment in the criminal justice system

 
Rita Valentino, Ph.D.

Rita Valentino, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Neuroscience and Behavior

Areas of Expertise: Basic neuroscience; effects of social stress; sex differences; opioid neuropharmacology; neurobiological mechanisms; psychiatric disorders, including PTSD, anxiety and depression

 
Susan R.B. Weiss, Ph.D.

Susan R.B. Weiss, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Extramural Research

Areas of Expertise: Science of addiction; marijuana science and policy; extramural research grant program and training; trans-NIH initiatives; Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study

For areas of expertise not listed, please contact the NIDA press office at 301-443-6245 or media@nida.nih.gov.

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