David Shurtleff

Get your questions ready for Dr. David Shurtleff—who serves as NIDA’s Acting Deputy Director and provides leadership in the development, implementation, and management of NIDA’s research portfolio. Dr. Shurtleff works closely with NIDA’s Director, Dr. Nora Volkow, to support and conduct research to improve prevention and treatment of drug use, abuse and addiction. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Shurtleff directed the NIDA division that supports basic biomedical and behavioral science that supports research exploring mechanisms of addiction, drug craving, effects of drugs on behavior and cognition, long-term chronic effects of drugs. In his spare time, he loves playing with his two German Shepherd-mix dogs, outdoor gardening, taking vacations to exotic places, hiking, snorkeling, swimming and playing golf.