Meet Our 2019 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...

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. 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...

Michelle Corbin

Ms. Corbin leads NIDAMED, the Institute’s clinician outreach program. She works to ensure that all the doctors in the country...

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...

Tara Garwood

Tara Garwood has been NIDA’s Social Media Strategist for one year, having started here during NDAFW 2017. She gets to...

Dr. Meyer Glantz

Dr. Meyer Glantz has 2 jobs related to drug abuse. His first is working with research to try to understand...

Dr. Amy Goldstein

Dr. Amy Goldstein has joined us. She recently started working at NIDA, in our Prevention Research Branch. Amy was trained...

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. Shwe Mra Gyaw

Dr. Shwe Mra Gyaw, who hails from Myanmar (Burma), is a medical officer in NIDA medication development program for treatment...

Dr. Elizabeth Hoffman

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

Dr. Katia Delrahim Howlett

Dr. Katia Delrahim Howlett is interested in the prevention and treatment of substance use and has focused on the promotion...

Emily Jones

Emily Jones heads NIDA’s science policy team and has a passion for increasing access to treatment for individuals with substance...

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...

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...

Dr. Kimberly LeBlanc

Dr. Kimberly LeBlanc is a neuroscientist whose research interests include how drugs of abuse and other rewards alter the brain...

Dr. Jinhee Lee

Dr. Jinhee Lee just joined NIDA about ten months ago, as the content management director in the communications office. She...

Dr. Michelle Kim Leff

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

Suzanne Lim

Suzanne Lim is a Health Communications Specialist within the Office of Health Communication and Education at FDA’s Center for Tobacco...

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...

Vani Pariyadath

Vani Pariyadath has a background in neuroscience and computer science, and throughout her research career, she has striven to combine...

Dr. Denise Pintello

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

Dr. Vijay Ramchandani

Dr. Vijay Ramchandani, is a clinical pharmacologist who developed an interest in science and research in high school and while...

Dr. Michele Rankin

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

Dr. Kurt Rasmussen

Now in our chat is Dr. Kurt Rasmussen. He leads NIDA’s team that creates new medicines to help people with...

Dr. Cathrine Sasek

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

Dr. John Satterlee

Do you have a question about genes or DNA? Ask Dr. John Satterlee, a scientist with a background in genetics...

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...

Sara Smith

Sara Smith is a Health Communications Specialist at the FDA Center for Tobacco Products. She manages social media for the...

Dr. Roger Sorensen

Please welcome Dr. Roger Sorensen to the Chat. Roger has always been fascinated by the brain, constantly wondering how it...

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. Kevin Walton

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

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. Aaron White

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

Dr. Tisha Wiley

Dr. Tisha Wiley is a scientist interested in how individuals and families are both resilient and vulnerable to difficult experiences...

Mitch Zeller, J.D.

Mitch Zeller, J.D., is Director of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP). Mr. Zeller’s tobacco experience spans more than...