Meet Our 2017 Chat Day Scientists

David Anderson

David Anderson edits NIDA’s research newsletter, NIDA Notes, and is one of NIDA’s top science writers. He thinks it’s a...

Josie Anderson

Josie Anderson oversees NIDA multimedia, including video and still imagery. She has been with NIDA for four years, creating content...

Charlotte Armstrong

Charlotte Armstrong has written about lots of different areas of science and medical research at NIH. She enjoys being able...

Dr. Albert Avila

We are now introducing Dr. Albert Avila, who became interested in drug abuse research after seeing how people he knew...

Shuly Babitz

Shuly Babitz is now joining the chat as an expert in alcohol---so get your questions about alcohol ready! She works...

Dr. Ruben Baler

Dr. Ruben Baler is a native of Argentina, fan of soccer and more specifically of Boca Juniors; he received a...

Mike Baumann

Mike Baumann is a Staff Scientist at NIDA’s Intramural Research Program in Baltimore. Mike and his colleagues examine the biological...

Dr. Carlos Blanco

Dr. Carlos Blanco is the Director of the Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research at NIDA. He is a...

Dr. Antonello Bonci

Now on the Chat is Dr. Antonello "Anto" Bonci, a neuroscientist who heads up NIDA’s labs. Dr. Bonci got his...

Dr. Ericka Boone

Now online is Dr. Ericka Boone. Dr. Boone is an expert at understanding how drugs affect the brain and behavior...

Dr. Susan Borja

Dr. Susan Borja has spent her career studying how trauma affects people. As a clinical psychologist, she focuses on understanding...

Maureen Boyle

Your CHAT DAY co-moderator is Dr. Maureen Boyle. Dr. Boyle is the chief of the Science Policy Branch at NIDA...

Erin Bryant

Welcome to Chat Day – for everything you ever wanted to know about alcohol but didn’t want appearing in your...

Dr. Redonna Chandler

Dr. Redonna Chandler is online and ready to answer your questions. She is a psychologist who specializes in drug abuse...

Dr. Wilson Compton

Dr. Wilson Compton is a psychiatrist, and is NIDA’s Deputy Director. He loves to study the interactions between people and...

Dr. Kevin Conway

Please welcome Dr. Kevin Conway. Dr. Conway is the deputy director of NIDA’s Division of Division of Epidemiology, Services, and...

Jessica Cotto

Jessica Cotto is a Health Science Policy Analyst at NIDA. She earned an MPH degree in Epidemiology & Biostatistics from...

Dr. Aria Crump

Dr. Aria Crump is a scientist in the Prevention Research Branch at NIDA. She received a doctoral degree in Behavioral...

Dr. Bethany Deeds

Dr. Bethany Deeds helps manage programs related to why people get addicted to drugs, how to prevent it and how...

Kim DiFonzo

Kim DiFonzo works in the press office at NIDA. A big part of her job is setting up interviews between...

Dr. Gaya Dowling

Please welcome your CHAT DAY moderator---Dr. Gaya Dowling. Dr. Dowling oversees the new ABCD Study, which will look at what...

Dr. Emily Einstein

Dr. Emily Einstein is a neuroscientist who joined the Science Policy branch at NIDA this year. Dr. Einstein is interested...

Mark Fleming

Mark Fleming started the NIDA website in 1995, and has been with us 30 years! He established the Visual Media...

Alissa Gallagher

Alissa Gallagher serves as the Science Communications Director of the National Institute of Mental Health where she leads a wonderful...

Dr. Mimi Ghim

Dr. Mimi Ghim is joining the Chat. Dr. Ghim works on NIDA’s Research Training and Career Development Programs for young...

Dr. Joshua Gordon

Dr. Joshua Gordon is the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Gordon is a psychiatrist who has...

Dr. Steven Grant

Do you have questions about drugs or the brain? Ask Dr. Steven Grant, a neuroscientist with a background in biology...

Dr. Steven W. Gust

Dr. Steven W. Gust coordinates NIDA’s International Program, which includes the Institute’s global research, research training, and education efforts. In...

Dr. Elizabeth Hoffman

Dr. Elizabeth Hoffman is fascinated by the relationship between human behavior and how our brains are organized. She is a...

Dr. Mary Kautz

Dr. Mary Kautz has a broad background in behavioral pharmacology (studying the action and effect of psycho-active, mood-altering drugs on...

Dr. Jag Khalsa

Dr. Jag Khalsa, with about 50 years of experience in drug research, serves as the Chief of the Medical Consequences...

Heather Kimmel

Heather Kimmel has a PhD in Neuroscience and spent the first part of her career trying to understand how drugs...

Dr. George F. Koob

Dr. George F. Koob is the Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. He is an internationally...

Carol Krause

Carol Krause invented both CHAT DAY and National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week and manages these events every year. She...

Geoff Laredo

Geoff Laredo is what you’ve heard described by some people as a policy wonk. He has worked on substance use...

Dr. Michelle Kim Leff

Dr. Michelle Kim Leff is now online. Dr. Leff grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and attended Pattonville High School...

Janet Linton

Janet Linton is one of our moderators today reviewing the questions you send in. She is an IT Specialist with...

Dr. Roger Little

Dr. Roger Little is a neuroscientist who grew up in Vermont; he is interested in how genetics and the environment...

Dr. Jacqueline Lloyd

Dr. Jacqueline Lloyd is a scientist who studies how to help people avoid drug use and drug related problems, and...

Dr. Marsha Lopez

Dr. Marsha Lopez’s experience runs the gamut from preclinical behavioral pharmacology (giving cocaine to rats) to military medical surveillance, but...

Dr. Eric Murphy

Dr. Eric Murphy has spent his career looking at the relationship between emotion and attention in the brain. In particular...

Stephanie Older

Stephanie Older started a brand new job 2 weeks ago as the communications director for the Nat’l Institute of General...

Dr. Denise Pintello

Dr. Denise Pintello is online now. Known as “Denny,” she worked at NIDA for 11 years and now works at...

Dr. Michele Rankin

Dr. Michele Rankin is a neuroscientist that studied how catfish smell and how proteins in your brain respond to the...

Ann Rea

Ann Rea is a Web Analyst with the Digital Communications Branch where she works on many areas of the NIDA...

Juli Rose

Juli Rose is here to help answer your questions so that you can shatter the myths about drugs and alcohol...

Dr. Cathrine Sasek

Dr. Cathrine Sasek is now participating in the Chat. Dr. Sasek recently retired from NIDA but she enjoyed working on...

Dr. Jeff Schulden

Dr. Jeff Schulden is a psychiatrist whose work at NIDA supports research to understand trends in drug abuse in the...

Dr. Belinda Sims

Dr. Belinda Sims is a developmental psychologist and works in NIDA's prevention research branch. At NIDA, she works with researchers...

Shirley Simson

Shirley Simson works in NIDA’s press office, answering questions every day from reporters about drug abuse and addiction, scheduling interviews...

Jennifer Sizemore

Jennifer Sizemore the project task lead (contractor) for NIDA’s communications contract. She manages the production of NIDA’s consumer publications, including...

Dr. Jack Stein

Dr. Jack Stein is answering questions today. He is the head of our office of Science Policy and Communications, and...

Dr. Geetha Subramaniam

Dr. Geetha Subramaniam is the deputy director of the Center for Clinical Trials Network, a division within NIDA. She and...

Dr. Dave Thomas

Dr. Dave Thomas has joined the chat. He is an expert on pain and analgesia, where he promotes the development...

Dr. Nora D. Volkow

Dr. Nora D. Volkow is now online. Dr. Volkow is the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Her...

Dr. Kevin Walton

Whether it is experimenting with human cells in a petri dish, investigating animal behavior, or studying the effectiveness of potential...

Dr. Eric Wargo

Dr. Eric Wargo is a writer who specializes in making complicated scientific research understandable and enjoyable for non-scientists. He grew...

Dr. Susan R.B. Weiss

Dr. Susan R.B. Weiss is the Director, Division of Extramural Research, at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). She...

Dr. Cora Lee Wetherington

Now in our chat is Dr. Cora Lee Wetherington. She is NIDA’s Women & Sex/Gender Differences Research Coordinator and represents...

Dr. Aaron White

Dr. Aaron White is now here to answer your questions about alcohol. Aaron is a psychologist with our sister Institute...

Natalie Ziegler

Natalie Zeigler serves as Senior Content Strategist at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). In her role, she figures...