Dr. Kimberly LeBlanc

Dr. Kimberly LeBlanc is a neuroscientist whose research interests include how drugs of abuse and other rewards alter the brain to change motivation and behavior, as well as the biological and environmental factors that contribute to an increase risk of developing addiction. She recently joined NIDA as a program manager for the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study, which follows nearly 12,000 children across the nation through their teenage years to study how aspects of their environment and genetics affect their brain, social, and emotional development. She works with the scientists conducting the research to make sure the study is moving along smoothly. Dr. LeBlanc grew up in Huntsville, Alabama. She enjoys yoga, watching anime with her husband, and having dance parties with her 2.5-year-old son.