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 behavior, as well as analyzing how behavioral factors contribute to the use of drugs). She is an acting branch chief of NIDA’s Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience Branch and is interested in the neurobehavioral factors that underlie increased risk for and/or resilience to drug abuse and addiction. She also serves as NIDA’s liaison for a trans-NIH interagency Program with the FDA to conduct research that supports regulatory activities over tobacco products. Originally from south central Pennsylvania, she enjoys preparing German foods, hiking, singing in choirs, and spending time with her son and cat.