Office of the NIDA Director (OD)

What We Do:

NIDA's mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health.
This involves:

  1. Strategically supporting and conducting basic and clinical research on drug use (including nicotine), its consequences, and the underlying neurobiological, behavioral, and social mechanisms involved.
  2. Ensuring the effective translation, implementation, and dissemination of scientific research findings to improve the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders and enhance public awareness of addiction as a brain disorder.

Office Listings:

Office Staff:

  • Dr. Nora Volkow - Director
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  • Dr. Wilson Compton  Deputy Director
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  • Joellen Austin  - Deputy Director for Management
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  • Jack Stein, MSW, Ph.D. - NIDA Chief of Staff
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  • Steven Gust, Ph.D. - Director, International Program
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  • Hilda Schulke - Staff Assistant to the Director
  • Ernestine Lenteu - Staff Assistant to NIDA Deputy Director 
  • Ellie Johnson - Supervisory Staff Assistant
  • Marie Lafontant - Staff Assistant to the Associate Director for Management
  • Monglan Le - Correspondence Systems Coordinator

Mailing Address:

National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institutes of Health
3WFN MSC 6027
301 North Stonestreet Ave 
Bethesda, MD  20892
Phone:  301-443-6697
For courier deliveries use: Rockville, MD  20850