Dr. Katia Delrahim Howlett is interested in the prevention and treatment of substance use and has focused on the promotion of healthy behaviors to combat use. As Deputy Director of NIDA’s Division of Extramural Research, she works with fellow colleagues on Trans-NIH Initiatives including the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Project. As a mom of three young children, she is very interested in understanding what youth and teens think about drugs and drug use and how healthcare providers can better serve their patients. She holds a Master's in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University, a Master's in Public Policy from Pepperdine University, and a Doctorate in Public Health from University of California, San Diego. When not at work, Katia runs after her three children Samara, Eliot, and Evan!